These are the electoral “anomalies” that fueled the protests in Brazil

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Jair Bolsonaro took to the streets to protest against the victory of Lula da Silva, considering that the anomalies detected in the elections in Brazil could constitute “fraud”. (EFE)

After the result of the second round in Brazil was announced, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets to reject the victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as the next president. They claim an alleged fraud, although Jair Bolsonaro has not formalized complaints or filed challenges. His call in the last two speeches has been to unblock public roads and allow free transit.

In this context, the group “Brazil Was Stolen” presented a balance this Friday, November 4 with a series of “anomalies” in the voting machines used in the elections. They ensure that the oldest, that is, prior to the year 2020, do not have recent audit reports. Therefore, there is no supporting documentation on the five models dating from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. As a result, they detected voting behavior that they consider irregular.

They clarify that their report does not constitute a complaint of “fraud”, but they mention that it is about inconsistencies that produced “a change in the result” and about which they demand answers from the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). Ferdinand Cerimedospokesman for the group, explained that they were identified both in the first round and in the ballot.

The presentation was broadcast from Buenos Aires, given that the censorship imposed by the Brazilian justice and promoted by Judge Alexandre de Moraes prevents questioning the electoral result through social networks and the media.


These anomalies in the elections have to do with points of difference between Lula da Silva and President Bolsonaro, the group explained. For example, “all the ballot boxes” that have zero votes for Bolsonaro are from pre-2020 model machines. The incidence would have occurred throughout the country, especially in the northeast, the region that gave victory to the leftist leader.

These are some of the findings in the second round:

  • In cities with fewer than 50,000 voters, machines dating from 2020 show a difference of 10 points between the two candidates (44.97% in favor of Bolsonaro vs. 55.03% for Lula da Silva). In comparison, on non-audited machines (pre-2020) there is a 15 point difference (42.68% vs. 57.32%).
  • In the northeast region, the area with the “main difference”, the 2020 machines mark 37.08% in favor of Bolsonaro vs. 62.92% for Lula da Silva. In the machines of previous years and not audited, Bolsonaro only obtained 25.39% compared to 74.61% for Lula. That is, 11.7 points of difference in the same region between audited and non-audited machines.
  • Also in the northeast region, excluding the capitals of those states, the same behavior was registered, but with a difference of 8.7 percentage points.

They doubt the result

In short, the pattern repeats itself: the unaudited machines showed results with a greater margin for Lula da Silva, who finally came out the winner by a narrow difference.

“A different situation that we also found is that there are two different source codes on the machines,” explained spokesman Fernando Cerimedo. They are unrelated to the anomaly, he asserts. But “there are many machines of different models” with different software.

Finally, the group insists that this “is not a determination that there is fraud, nor a decision.” Although “it casts doubt on the result of last Sunday, where a machine became a decision variable that nowhere in the world exists,” he added.

The information released by “Brazil Was Stolen” has not been forwarded to the conservative president, nor to the newly elected leftist president. Still, the group suspects that there is possibly “some algorithm” that would move away from the popular will.

These are the electoral “anomalies” that fueled the protests in Brazil