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1.Candidatar-se: To run
Ex: He’s likely to run for president. (É provável que ele se candidate a
2.Votar: To vote
Ex: Who are you going to vote for? (Em quem você vai votar?)
3.Ir às urnas: To go to polls
Ex: We’ll go to the polls at the end of the year. (Iremos às urnas no final do
4.Pesquisa de opinião: poll
Ex: He’s going up in the polls. (Ele está subindo nas pesquisas.)
Ex: He won in the second round. (Ele venceu no segundo turno.)
6.Cassar: To remove (sb) from office
Ex: He may be removed from office. (Ele pode ser cassado.)
7.Partido político: Political party
Ex: The political party in power. (O partido político que está no poder.)
8.Partido de direita/esquerda: Right-wing/left-wing party
Ex: He supports the right-wing party. (Ele apoia o partido de direita.)
9. Tomar posse: Take office
Ex: She’s going to take office next month. (Ela vai tomar posse mês que vem.)
10. Mandato: Term of office
Ex: His term of office expires in 2008. (O mandato dele acaba em 2008.)
11. Propaganda (Feita também em época de eleição.)
Ex: There’s a lot of propaganda during the elections. (Há muita propaganda
durante as eleições.)
12. Fazer campanha: To campaign
Ex: She was campaigning for him. (Ela estava fazendo campanha pra ele.
13.Sistema político: Political system
Ex: He believes in the political system. (Ele acredita no sistema político.)
VOTER'S BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION
In a truly democratic voting system, the security of the balloting is
one of the pillars for the effective exercise of citizenship. In order to
guarantee this right, the Brazilian Electoral Justice has developed
Among them, there is the development of biometric ballot boxes that
will process the vote through the voter's biometric identification. The
Brazilian Electoral Justice's mission is to provide Brazilians with a safe
future for democracy and to lead Brazil into the technological
vanguard of electoral processes in the world.
The new technology was first used in the 2008 elections. Through this
system, the country will not only have the most computerized voting,
but also the safest one, since there will no longer be any doubts about
the voter's identity.
For a better understanding on the level of security reached, one
should remember that one fingerprint is enough to identify a
person. Still, the new system will register images of all the fingers in
Besides, each voter is photographed digitally. The confirmation of
the voter's identity is automatic, through a simple reading of their
To prevent problems in case the voting board representative has
any doubts regarding the voter, or their fingerprint is not recognized
by the biometric system, the representative has a list with the
photographs of all the voters of that section, where they can verify
the voter's identity.
The goal of this biometric registration is to eliminate the possibility
of someone taking someone else's place to vote, making it
practically impossible for frauds to be committed during the voting
The expectation is that, within ten years, all the states of the
country will have ballot boxes with biometric readers. The Brazilian
Electoral Justice takes another great step toward the consolidation
of the citizens' rights.
a) Complete the chart with the names that the politicians use in their TV
programs. That’s the
name they want to be known by.
b) Why do you think most of them don’t use their full names? Discuss with
c) How many of the candidates are men? How many are women? Why do
you think that is?
Why isn’t there balance?
d) Who are the favorite candidates according to the vote intention surveys?
Do you believe
there will be a second round this year? Why?
Brazilians who live / life abroad are not alienated / hallucinated from exercising their citizenship.
In addition to the services of enrollment, transfer of house / domicile, issuing of a new voter’s
certificate, data revision and justification of non-attendance, Brazilian voters are able to vote in the
election / selection for President of the Republic.
According to the Brazilian electoral mode / code, voting areas / sections abroad are available only in
places where there are at least 30 registered voters.
Balloting outside the Brazilian territory is organized by the Regional Electoral Court of the Federal
District, with the support / tolerance of the Consulates and diplomatic missions in each country.
At the end of the election, the data is sent to the branch / headquarters of the representative
bodies, which forward the material to the Ministry of Foreign Relations. Its final destination is the
Regional Electoral Court of the Federal District, which computes the votes and decides on any
matters that may arise during the voting.
live / life
alienated / hallucinated
house / domicile
election / selection
mode / code
areas / sections
support / tolerance
branch / headquarters
According to the text, there are Brazilians
who participate in the election for President
of Brazil, even when they don’t live in Brazil.
What do you think about that? Is it correct?
Should it be different? Why? Discuss with