FRAMINGHAM – Today is election day in Brazil. Voters are deciding between two candidates for President.
The candidates are Jair Bolsonaro, a right leaning politician, and Fernando Haddad, a member of the Workers’ Party, who is considered a left-leaning politician.
Bolsonaro, 63, is a member of the Social Liberal Party.
In September, the former army captain was stabbed and lost 40% of his blood.
Haddad, 55 is a former Mayor of Sao Paulo.
Haddid replaced former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, currently serving a 12-year prison sentence on corruption charges, as the presidential candidate for the Workers’ Party less than a month before the first round of the election.
During the first round of voting on Oct. 7, Bolsonaro garnered 46 percent compared to 29 percent for Haddad.
Voting is mandatory for Brazilians.
Because of that the Brazilian consulate has set up voting locations in Massachusetts. One of them is at the Memorial Building in Framingham. There are four other locations.
There are an estimated 36,000 Brazilians in Massachusetts.
About 7,000 Brazilians were registered in Framingham.
The voting machines were provided by Brazil for Framingham and other communities that hosted polling placed.
Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer waived the fee for the rental of the hall by the Brazilian consulate.