Presidential Election, Belo Horizonte, BrazilWritten by Daniel F Banales
Polling site workers in today's presedential election. Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Dilma Rousseff becomes Brazil's first elected female president.
Did you know that voting in Brazil is compulsory? You can really make things hard on yourself if you are unable to prove that you have voted.
|Citizens who do not vote or who fail to justificar in three consecutive elections can expect to have their voter registration card cancelled (cancelamento do título eleitoral). Those without an up-to-date título eleitoral are prohibited from taking civil service examinations, from holding any form of government employment, or (if already employed by the public sector) from receiving any government paychecks from the second month after the missed election. They cannot enroll or renew registration at public schools or universities, or in fact any educational institution accredited by the federal government; they cannot obtain an identity card or passport; they cannot obtain credit at any state-owned bank or do business with any state or parastatal enterprise; and they are barred from any activity which would require proof of military service or of payment of income tax. While not all Brazilians engage in all of these transactions, the vast majority require an identity card, which is needed for everything from cashing checks to boarding interstate buses. Therefore, despite the low monetary value of fines, there are a number of persuasive reasons why ordinary citizens will want to keep their título eleitoral up to date.
...The obligation falls most heavily on those voters for whom interaction with the state is unavoidable: public employees. Because proof of voter participation is a condition of public employment, failing to vote is not an option for these workers.
Last Updated on 02 November 2010