Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. According to Prof. Dr. Fabiano Santos, “The Brazilian legislative experience in the pandemic can be understood as a success story. The Legislature did not stop functioning for a single day. This result alone would be worthy of celebration. We must remember that Bolsonaro intended to ask for a state of siege and govern by decree. Conversely to these intentions, fundamental matters and projects were discussed and approved [...]”
Elections lie at the very heart of democracy, and they are exclusive periods in which citizens are most politically engaged, providing the foundation for all representative democracy. Given such relevance, electoral rules are the subject of considerable attention from academics and the public debate around the world. In Brazil, this relevance has produced intense discussions and studies about the need of electoral reforms.