Leaders in Brazil’s congress, courts and military have said they will not accept any attempt to override the will of voters, but many privately say they worry that Bolsonaro’s supporters will react violently to a defeat. In July, three out of four Bolsonaro supporters they told Brazil’s largest polling firm that they trusted voting machines only “little” or not at all.
There is no evidence of past widespread fraud in the system.
On Wednesday night, news of the document spread quickly among Bolsonaro supporters on social media, with people sharing right-wing articles about the allegations and conspiracy theories saying it proved what Bolsonaro had been alleging. A YouTube video about it quickly attracted over 100,000 views in just a few hours. A conservative congresswoman, Carla Zambelli, was one of the first to post the document on social media. share it with his 1.9 million followers on Twitter.
However, many other politicians, including Bolsonaro, did not mention it online. In its statement Wednesday night, the electoral authority reminded elected officials and candidates that they could be impeached or banned from running if they shared false accusations about the voting system. That quick reaction probably prevented further dissemination of the document among politicians.
Electoral officials could also revoke the registration of Bolsonaro’s conservative political party, called the Liberal Party, if it is found guilty of spreading misinformation about voting systems, though that would only happen after the election.
The document said that the July audit found 24 flaws in the security of the electoral system. A rough summary of the audit specified just a few of those alleged flaws, including that election officials used poor cybersecurity policies, failed to properly vet relationships with vendors, and failed to fully protect employees who monitor polling station computers. machines. code of “irresistible coercion”.
The delay of electoral officials in repairing these alleged security breaches “could result in internal or external violations of the electoral systems, with a serious impact on the results of the October elections,” the document says.
Cybersecurity experts also dismissed the claims.
“Some points are old complaints,” said Diego Aranha, a Brazilian computer scientist who has studied the electoral system. “Others are completely fabricated.”