Practical guide : 2022 brazilian elections


Based on a history of more than 90 years at the service of democracy, the Brazilian Electoral Court System is prepared to celebrate the largest elections of the country’s history, and the greatest automatized elections worldwide. Nearly 156 million voters will be able to choose their next President and Vice President of the Republic, all 513 Federal Representatives, 27 Senators, all 27 Governors and Vice Governors, as well as all 1,059 State Representatives.

To carry out this task, on October 2nd – in the first round – and on October 30th – in the runoff – voters will use more than 577,000 electronic voting machines, scattered in more than 460,000 polling stations all around the country and 2,228 abroad.

In a continental logistical effort, the Electoral Court System has a staff of nearly 2.2 million poll workers and assistants, besides more than 22,000 civil servants and 3,000 judges, to assure the integrity of the elections from North to South, in a smooth, safe, efficient, and auditable way, and the disclosure of results in a few hours the same day.

The International Affairs Unit of the Superior Electoral Court has prepared this Guide with the purpose of offering foreigners an overview of the major aspects of the Brazilian Electoral System and the scenario of the 2022 General Elections.

On the following pages, useful data and information are made available for a quick understanding of the current electoral model, including but not limited to the Brazilian political organization, the framework and operation of the Electoral Court System, the cycle of the elections, and developments related to the logistics, innovation and technology that are part of the electronic voting system, as well as the major norms ruling the electoral process. The Guide also includes accessibility resources such as QR codes, infographics and hyperlinks, allowing for a deeper understanding of technical concepts involving a better comprehension of the Brazilian legal system.