Distrust of elections: an act in the drama of the Brazilian democratic erosion

Brazilians’ dissatisfaction with politics and mistrust of political parties and elected officials has been documented since the 2000s, but Brazil’s distrust of election results is a more recent phenomenon. According to Gallup (2018), the number of Brazilians who see elections as honest has decreased since 2011 to reach 14% in the 2018 Presidential elections. President Bolsonaro himself has raised suspicions against the voting machines as his victory was only obtained in the second round. However, the causes of the phenomenon precede his influence and its consequences tend to last after his tenure. Against this scenario, I invite us to ask what one can reasonably expect from the constitutional principle of electoral integrity. Based on the answer, I claim that despite voicing concern against a supposed lack of accountability, most accusations should be taken as expressing the opposite: dissatisfaction with the high level of integrity that the electronic voting system has guaranteed.