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Campaign seeks to stop vote-buying in drought-ridden Northeast

In a region hampered by hunger and thirst, local politicians often seek to negotiate votes from the public by promising supplies of food and water, only furthering clientelism

severe droughts have plagued brazil's northeast
Severe droughts have plagued Brazil’s Northeast for decades. Politicians use that for votes. Photo: Joa Souza/Shutterstock

In less than 30 days, the Brazilian population will go to the polls not only to elect a new president, but also to choose 27 governors and representatives for federal and state legislatures. In the country’s semi-arid region — encompassing the nine states in Brazil’s Northeast and the north of Minas Gerais — these lower ballot races are cause for concern, with efforts put in place to curb vote-buying.

Indeed, the Don’t Exchange Your Vote (Não Troque o Seu Voto) campaign is one such initiative — now reaching its home straight. It seeks to give guidance to family farmers...

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