Basic facts about Brazil Election 2010:
- Voting stations are open from 8 a.m. (7 a.m. EDT) to 5 p.m. (2000 GMT). An exit poll is expected after the poll closes at 6 p.m. (2100 GMT) in the western-most time zone. After that, the Superior Electoral Tribunal will release results in real time as they come in.
- In the presidential and gubernatorial races, if neither candidate obtains more than 50 percent of the vote, the two front-runners face off in a second round on October 31.
- In addition to president, the following posts are up for election: 27 state governors; all 513 representatives in the Chamber of Deputies; two-thirds of the 81-seat Senate; and 1,059 representatives to state assemblies.
- Voting is mandatory for all citizens over the age of 18. Citizens aged 17-18 may vote but are not required to. About 131 million Brazilians are eligible to vote.
- The vote is the first presidential election since the end of military rule in which Lula is not a candidate.
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- Real-time votes projections and analysis
- Wikipedia overview of the election
- Brazil | World News | Guardian
- Partido dos Trabalhadores ("PT" or "The Workers' Party")
- Partido Verde ("PV" or "The Green Party")
- Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira ("PSDB" or "Brazilian Social Democratic Party")
- MORE LINKS PENDING/TO FOLLOW.
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