Brazilian Congress Blocks Bolsonaro Proposal to Change Voting System

Brazil’s lower chamber of Congress on Tuesday has rejected the proposed constitutional amendment to reform Brazil’s voting system to mandate paper ballots.

President Jair Bolsonaro has backed the said proposal. The plan proposed printing receipts, throwing doubt on the country’s present all-electronic voting system used in elections, plebiscites, and referendums.

Brazil’s lower chamber of Congress rejected the plan with 229 votes in favor, 218 votes against, and one abstention. A three-fifths majority must approve a constitutional amendment, and the vote fell short by 79 votes.

Last week, the congressional committee rejected the plan with votes 23 to 11 to reject the revisions that have the clear support of Brazil’s president.

Bolsonaro has insisted on adding paper votes for the 2022 election, based on unverified charges of fraud in Brazil’s electronic voting system, as his popularity has dwindled in the wake of the world’s second-deadliest COVID-19 outbreak.

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