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Brazil Elected A New President And People Across The World Are Comparing Him To Donald Trump

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Brazil has elected far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro to be the next president after winning a decisive election victory on Sunday, promising to drain the political swamp and tackle corruption in Latin America’s biggest country. Bolsonaro, who was a congressman for almost three decades, won 55.2 percent of the vote, defeating his opponent Fernando Haddad, who represents the left-wing Workers’ Party. He ran a campaign with rhetoric of being a new voice in Brazil with plans to return financial stability to a country that has faced recession in 2016. But his comments concerning women, race and human rights have been biggest headlines throughout the campaign that have many citing similarities to Donald Trump.

Brazil’s new president has many striking similarities to Donald Trump when it comes to rhetoric and domestic policy.

Jair Bolsonaro ran a campaign that sounded similar to Donald Trump’s back in 2016 with calls for smashing what he sees as a corrupt and irresponsible political system that has forgotten ordinary citizens. Law and order, patriotism and religious values were themes he advocated for throughout the campaign. Similar to Trump, he has also attacked his leftist detractors as enemies of the people.

During his victory rally, Bolsonaro said he was a “defender of freedom” who would run a government that would defend citizens who “follow their duties and respect the laws.” President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to congratulate Bolsonaro and said “the United States will work closely together on Trade, Military and everything else.”

Bolsonaro has made controversial comments even before he began his run for president.

Bolsonaro has drawn public criticism for his statements about women and homosexuality dating back before his run for president. Back in 2014, Bolsonaro told a congresswoman he “wouldn’t rape you because you don’t deserve it.” During a Playboy interview in 2011, he said “I would prefer my son to die in an accident than be gay,” according to the Huffington Post. Just this year, Bolsonaro was charged by Brazil’s attorney general with “inciting hatred towards black, gay and indigenous people,” the New York Times reported.

Many women have protested his victory citing fears of a more radical and nationalist Brazil that isn’t accepting of diversity and equal rights.

Women have been at the forefront of the push back against Bolsonaro and his campaign rhetoric has prompted rallies like the “Women Against Bolsonaro march” in Sao Paulo. There have been social media campaigns with the slogan #EleNão, or “Not Him” that women have used and chanted throughout his campaign. Many of them feel that Bolsonaro is a leader that isn’t cognitive of women/gay rights in Brazil.

“Bolsonaro has opened a Pandora box,” Luka Franca, a protest organizer told CNN. “He’s given a voice to an ultra right population who want to voice their prejudice and annihilate anyone who is different.”

What does Bolsonaro’s victory mean for Brazil moving forward?

With the election of Bolsonaro, Brazil enters a new era of leadership after The Workers’ Party governed Brazil for more than 13 years. Voters put him into office similarly to why many Americans voted Donald Trump into office back in 2016. Fears of lack of jobs and complacent government that citizens couldn’t trust anymore. Now Bolsonaro must make good on his campaign promises and unite a country that has been divided by a divisive election. It will have to start with the economy and more importance on job creation in Brazil.

“If the next president only governs for his supporters, the divisiveness we’re living will remain,” Marco Antonio Teixeira, a political science professor told CNN. “If he chooses to govern for the whole country, there is a greater chance these conflicts will be minimized or disappear.”


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People Are Reporting Their Votes Are Being Switched. Here's How To Properly Cast Your Vote

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People Are Reporting Their Votes Are Being Switched. Here’s How To Properly Cast Your Vote

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The good news is people are out there voting early, but the bad news is that some of their votes might go to a different candidate. We are just seven days away from the midterm elections, and people in Texas and Georgia have reportedly had their votes switched as soon as they cast their vote at the polls. There appears to be a malfunction with voting machines in Texas and Georgia and state and federal officials aren’t doing anything to fix the problem.

People have been voting early in record numbers, but some have said that their votes are getting switched to the other candidate.

The issue seems to be with the Hart eSlate machines in Texas, but some are saying that it’s not an issue of the machines but rather the people not voting correctly.

“The Hart eSlate machines are not malfunctioning, the problems being reported are a result of user error — usually voters hitting a button or using the selection wheel before the screen is finished rendering,” Sam Taylor, spokesman for the office of Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, told the Associated Press.

Some Texas voting officials claim that this is a typical story they hear each election cycle from the side of the Democrats. However, according to the AP, Republicans are also saying their vote intended for Sen. Cruz is switching to Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

But there is some truth to the fact that voting switch does occur, but it’s not so much because of a rigged system but because of old machines.

“This kind of thing happens every election. We’ll see more of it; with some systems vote-flipping gets worse as machines age,” Lawrence Norden, a voting machine expert at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, told BuzzFeed.

There have been similar complaints in Georgia, but a Federal Judge said that is no reason to change from voting machines to paper ballots.

In August, voting advocates said that by not providing a paper ballot option to Georgia’s 6.8 million voters, the machines would be “vulnerable to hacking — especially by foreign governments like Russia,” the Washington Post reports.

“While [the] plaintiffs have shown the threat of real harms to their constitutional interests, the eleventh-hour timing of their motions and an instant grant of the paper ballot relief requested could just as readily jeopardize the upcoming elections, voter turnout, and the orderly administration of the election,” U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg wrote in her opinion.

Here’s what to do if you feel your vote has been compromised.

The Texas Civil Rights Projects also agrees that the switch isn’t because of a conspiracy to switch votes from Democratic candidates to Republicans but rather because they’re old machines.

Here’s a step-by-step process on how to ensure your vote is correct, according to The Texas Civil Rights Projects:

  • When voting a straight-party ballot, wait at least 3-5 seconds for all choices to be rendered on the eSlate voting machines. Counties in which voters have longer ballots may require additional time to allow the screens to load fully.
  • Once all the candidate choices for that particular party have been fully loaded, take your time to slowly review each choice in each race before advancing to the next screen.
  • When advancing to the next screen, be sure the screen is fully loaded before scrolling through to the subsequent pages.
  • Once you have reached the summary page, carefully review each choice listed to ensure the candidate selected is, in fact, the candidate for whom you wish to cast your vote.
  • If you find that one or more of your choices are displayed incorrectly on the summary page, hit the ‘PREV’ button and choose the candidate for whom you wish to cast your vote.
  • If any issues persist, ask for assistance from a poll worker at your polling location, and the poll worker will ensure that the machine is working properly and advise you on the proper steps to take to cast a ballot with only the candidates of your choosing.

If you’re still not satisfied with the outcome and are not getting help from a poll worker, call the election protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE


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