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Electoral court opens doors to digital influencers in defense of electronic voting

Brazil's Superior Electoral Court invited a group of 30 digital influencers to its headquarters, seeking to dispel myths and lies spread about the country's voting system

Electoral court opens doors to digital influencers in defense of electronic voting
Rodrigo Coimbra (right), head of the Electoral Superior Court’s electronic voting division, shows the inside of an electronic ballot box to a group of digital influencers. Photo: Cedê Silva/TBR

Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court hosted a delegation of 30 digital influencers this Thursday in the latest step of its communication strategy to defend Brazil’s electronic voting system.

Electoral integrity has been a prime target of disinformation spread by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and his supporters since at least 2018, before he was elected head of state. 

A few days before the election, the then-candidate said he would not accept a loss. When results showed that he would face Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad in a runoff, he falsely claimed that fraud blocked him from winning in the first...

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