In what was an undoubtedly large and complex election, Brazil used biometrics to prevent voter fraud and ballot stuffing.
According to the Economist, the electronic ballot boxes are similar to cash registers in nature and electronically tally votes while registering a voter's identity. This system prevents any individual from voting multiple times.
Brazil's elections feature a vote for president that is somewhat historic, as current President Lula has been popular in office for the past eight years. His chosen successor is currently ahead in polls, but not necessarily likely to win in the first round. If a candidate receives less than half of the votes in the first round, a second vote takes place, Nasdaq reports.
Over the course of election day, voters will cast their ballots for president and 27 state governors. There will also be 513 parliamentarians voted in. Other positions on the ballot are 40 senate seats and more than 1,000 state assembly offices.
The Economist reports that each candidate was given a small amount of free advertising time on television, based on the size of his or her political party. This system makes it easier for candidates with a history in the public eye, such as celebrities or athletes, to win an election as it limits one's face time with the voting audience.
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