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Oct. 21st, 2005

So you may be asking yourselves why I wasn’t supposed to be working next week? I explain: this Sunday there’ll be a referendum to decide if guns commerce will be banned from Brazil or not . There’s a law about it that needs popular election to be approved, or so they say. I’ll be working on it, I’ve been working in elections since 1998 and it’s kind of funny, many people hate it but so far it’s a good experience for me. Electoral Justice requires one’s participation in elections, and one loses an entire Sunday – but one also is allowed to be absent from work because of that, it’s a legal right. Today I’d a reunion about it, so I didn’t have to go work. Usually I ask my boss to use these free days just after holidays, so I have more free time (about 35 or 40 instead of regular 30 days). But as I’m going to work 2 days next week... shit, I really wanted to have this week out, I need to study more for October 30th test! There’s nothing that can be done, though, but they’ll have to let me have the remaining free days the other week!


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Oct. 22nd, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
Electoral Justice requires one’s participation in elections

One of the few things Australia and Brazil have in common - we have compulsory voting too. Apparently there's only a handful of countries in the world that have compulsory voting in elections and referendums. I can't remember who the other countries are...

But Australia only has a population of 22 million - how do you handle 100 million voters!!?

When will you know the outcome?
Oct. 22nd, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
During many years we used paper ballots but since 2000 we use an electronic process which involves a voting machine (you can see it at http://www.tse.gov.br/eleicoes/urna_eletronica/simulacao_votacao/UrnaApplet2.htm). It made things easier and results are supposed to be known tomorrow's night since it's just an yes/no decision. When it involves candidates, however, it takes few more hours, but usually it's fast too. In the past, with paper ballots, it took weeks to know who had been elected!
Oct. 23rd, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
Wow. That's incredible. We still have paper ballots here - and we usually have the result on the same day (even before the West Australians - where I live - have finished voting!).

But we've been talking about getting voting machines for years - mostly because paper ballots are such a waste.

Oct. 24th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
It's quite practical and so far we didn't have any case of fraud. It'd be a pity having to go back to paper ballots (though sometimes few voting machines don't work and they have to be used - but used for 100 million votes again would be a nightmare!)
Oct. 22nd, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
I was about to ask how voting can take up an entire day, then I saw the previous comment. My God, it must be like shopping in Russia!
Oct. 22nd, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
With so many people we really need to take an entire day to vote - I'll be working at a school in which 3,000 people are supposed to be voting. Schools and universities are generally used as votation places, it's easier to find them, but also churches, sometimes hospitals... wherever it'll be easy to people go and vote, even in distant cities
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