BRAZIL: Doubling the Electorate

Fifteen of the 20 Latin American countries allow illiterates to vote, furnish colored ballots or party symbols to guide them. Last week Brazil, one of the five remaining holdouts,* moved to drop its literacy requirement. The main force for reform was no left-winging politician but a stiff-backed army officer. Acting more and more like a man who hopes eventually to be elected President, General Henrique Teixeira Lott, 62, War Minister and staunch army prop of the current regime, got a friendly Congressman to introduce a constitutional amendment killing the literacy test. He has already backed such a measure with...

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