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BRAZIL – With none of the 11 candidates on the ballot receiving more than 50% of the votes on Sunday, Brazilian voters will now decide between two candidates for President of Brazil on Sunday, October 30.

While former President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva received the most votes on Sunday, he only had about 48.4% of the total votes, not enough to stop a runoff election.

Current incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, received about 43% of the vote.

Brazilians are required by law to vote in the election, and the consulate established two voting location in Massachusetts on Sunday, October 2 – one in Malden and one in Framingham.

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There were lines at St. Tarcisius for most of the day.

Some of the voters said they drove 2 hours to vote.

The two locations in Massachusetts is where most of New England had to vote, including residents from New Hampshire, Vermont, etc.

Current president Bolsonaro, 67, a far-right nationalist, while da Silva, 76, a former union leader who served as the 35th president of Brazil will now face off for the presidency.

Bolosonaro is a retired military officer, who has served as the 38th president of Brazil since January 1, 2019. Da Silva was imprisoned in 2018 on corruption charges, but his conviction was later thrown out after the Supreme Court ruled the judge in the case was biased.

In Framingham, the vote between the two was extremely close, with Bolsonaro received 5,362 votes and da Silva receiving 5,363, according to reports.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.