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Natasha Madov and Michaela Ross

Brazil’s presidential elections captured global attention in late 2014. Events such as the sudden death of front running candidate in an airplane crash to a “second round” of elections when the first round wasn’t won by a sufficient margin created international speculation about the next leader for the world’s eighth largest economy. But another drama was playing out behind the scenes: an unexplained spike in voter turnout of over six million people.

Voting is mandatory in Brazil, beginning at age 18. But a mysterious swelling in voters from the 2010 elections to 2014 cannot be explained by immigration or aging population. Brazilian officials and political scientists cannot explain a spike in voter turnout of over six million people, primarily in the 25-69 age bracket.

 

Sources:

Already contacted:

Eduardo Leoni

Demographer

IBGE (Brazilian Instituto of Geography and Statistics, which is responsible for the Brazilian Census)

e.leoni@gmail.com

 

Cesar Zucco

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro

cesar.zucco@fgv.br

 

Others to Contact:

David J. Samuels

Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota

Author of several books in Brazilian and Latin American politcs

dsamuels@umn.edu

612-624-9876

 

Frances Hagopian

Professor of Brazilian Studies and Government, Harvard University

Author of book on regime changes and politics in Brazil

fhagopian@gov.harvard.edu

617-496-1467

 

Matthew Taylor

Professor of Political Science at American University

mtaylor@american.edu

202-885-2474

Media Inquiries: 202-885-5950

 

Brodwyn Fischer

Professor of Latin American History, University of Chicago

bmf@uchicago.edu

773-834-4608

 

Data:

For 2010 voters numbers and election results: http://www.tse.jus.br/eleicoes/eleicoes-anteriores/eleicoes-2010/estatisticas

For 2014 voters’ numbers and election results:

http://www.tse.jus.br/eleicoes/estatisticas/estatisticas-eleitorais-2014-resultado

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