FRAMINGHAM – Today is election day in Brazil.
Brazilians immigrants are required by law to vote for President.
There was a line outside the Memorial Building today in Framingham to vote for Brazilian President.
For the first time in Massachusetts, the Brazilian Consulate in Boston organized five different polling places in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Brazilian immigrants, said Framingham City Councilor Margareth Shepard, who represents District 7.
One of the polling places is in Framingham at the Memorial Building in Nevins Hall, explained Shepard.
Councilor Shepard said there are almost 6,000 registered voters for the Brazilian election in Framingham.
Brazil is suffering from a prolonged economic recession and extreme violence, with murder rates at a record high in 2017.
There are 13 candidates running for Brazilian President today, October 7.
Leading the polls were a former army captain Jair Bolsonaro and ex-Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad.
None of the candidates are expected to receive 50 percent of the vote, required by law, so a runoff vote has already been scheduled for October 28.
Voting is mandatory in Brazil for all citizens who are 18 to 70 years old.
People who fail to vote, without any justification, can be fined and may not have their passport renewed.
“Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer stop by the Nevins Hall to give her support to the Brazilian Presidential Elections in Framingham,” said Shepard.
The Mayor even waived the fee of the rental of Nevins Hall.