Come October Brazilians Living Overseas Must Vote in Presidential Election

There are 86,000 Brazilians residing outside Brazil who will be voting in the October presidential elections this year at Brazilian consular offices or embassies around the world.

That number is up from 70,000 who registered for the 2002 elections. The biggest group, 32,000 strong is located in the United States.

Others reside in areas of conflict, such as 800 Brazilians who live in the Palestinian territories, and may have difficulties voting.

Brazilians living outside Brazil can vote only in national elections for president. They do not vote in elections that are local – for senators, governor or representatives.

According to João Fischer Dias, a judge who presides over an Electoral Zone board for Brazilians living abroad, voting is a right that continues to exist no matter where the citizen is and provides an opportunity for people "to manifest nationality."

Dias points out that in Brazil voting is mandatory, as well as a right, so people living abroad also have an obligation to vote.

Brazilians living outside the country who do not vote are supposed to "justify" not voting at a consular office, an embassy (abroad) or an election zone board when they return to Brazil.

Under Brazilian legislation, a Brazilian living abroad who does not vote or "justify" his vote can have future problems with getting a passport.

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  • mariza izaac

    I remember when Fernando Henrique Cardoso came to San Francisco to visit, and since I owned a Travel Agency , was invited to come to see him speak at the San Francis Hotel.
    First thing he mentioned in his speach was that he was going to bring all Brazilians living abroad for lack of jobs back to Brazil. He promissed to make the economy better for those living abroad to be able to come back to their country.
    I remember looking at him with admiration, for being so fluent in English, and I was so proud of my President. What do you think? Did he keep his promisse?

  • Guest

    Readers should understand what they read…
    This article is not saying, thereÀ‚´s only 86,000 Brazilians living abroad.
    It is saying that only 86,000 will be voting. And 32,000 of those voters are living in the USA. The other 2,914,000 are not giving the vote at all.
    Is that so difficult to understand?
    I looks like the one who is writing those incompetent stupid feedbacks is the “REAL AMERICAN” so called highly educated “College” graduate, who doesnÀ‚´t even know to read or understand what he is reading. This country (USA) is going down fast, it is sad, but every day you can see it more and more clearly.
    American government has screwed everything itself. Thay have not needed anyones help on that. So this “immigration” thing makes all the other world just laugh.
    If USA removes all the “grey” workers, this country will collapse. Who cleans, makes the dirty work (night shifts) etc. If all those, to whom you (USA) donÀ‚´t have to pay even the minimum salary , are deported… Think about that. You have created this situation yourself.
    br,
    One European intercompany tansferee, who is legally working here and paying a lot of money to this country. It sounds stupid, but stupid comes from the fact that there are stupid people who makes it looks stupid. Otherwise this USA could be very nice place to live. Luckily one day I can go back to my home country and pay my taxes to the government who is using the money for its own people not war against every oil producing country.

  • Guest

    GREAT IDEA
    PERHAPS THE ILLEGALS WOULD RETURN HOME TO BRAZIL AND VOTE……SOUNDS GREAT TO U.S……..

  • Guest

    UMMM!!!!! AMERICANS MUST THINK THIS ON
    SO THIS STATITICIAN CLAIMS 32000 BRAZILIANS IN THE U.S.A. …….SO THEN SHOULD WE ASSUME THAT THERE ARE 32000 LEGAL BRAZILIANS IN THE U.S.A.??????? …… THUS WE THEN CONCLUDE THAT THERE ,POSSIBLY ,ARE UP TO MAYBE……. OH THEN LETS SAY ,SINCE THIS IS SO DIFFICULT ,THAT MAYBE 500000 OR MORE ILLEGAL BRAZILIANS IN THE U.S.A.!!!!!!!!!!…. AND OF COURSE THE TRAFFICKERS WHO HAVE FACILIATED THESE ILLEGALS REFUSE TO SUBMIT THEIR FIGURES……I SMELL A RAT!!!!!!!!….PERHAPS THE AMERICAN AUTHORITIES ON THE MEXICAN BORDER COULD HELP SINCE THEY WERE CAPTURING ……THOUSANDS OF BRAZILIANS TRYING TO CROSS THE BORDER INTO THE U.S.A…. AFTER U.S. AUTHORITIES EXPOSED MASSIVE CORRUPT VISA ISSUERS AND ORGANIZED TRAFFICKERS IN BRAZIL ……

  • Guest

    So What?
    Before making comments, readers should pay attention to what they read.

  • Guest

    Hard to believe….
    that only 86’000 Brazilians are living abroad, knowing the number is at over 1 million illegals…in the USA alone !!!!!!!

    Typically Brazilian stats : worth ZERO !!!!!

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