Rep. Sara Jacobs Calls for Free and Fair Election in Brazil

Government and Politics

October 1, 2022

Ahead of the Brazilian presidential election on October 2nd, Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (CA-53) reiterated her calls for a free and fair election in Brazil. For months, President Jair Bolsonaro has laid the groundwork for challenging the election results, questioning the integrity of the polls and voting systems, attacking the press, and welcoming military intervention. On Brazil’s Independence Day last month, Congresswoman Jacobs introduced a bicameral resolution (H.Res. 1335) supporting democratic institutions in Brazil. Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the companion resolution in the U.S. Senate, which passed by unanimous consent earlier this week.

“As the presidential election in Brazil draws closer, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has escalated his attacks on the press, the polls, and the integrity of the election systems – setting the stage for him to challenge the results if he loses and attempt to hold onto power,” said Congresswoman Sara Jacobs. “If we allow these attacks on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law to go unacknowledged, we undermine our own credibility and further the rise of authoritarianism around the world. The United States needs to stand up for democracy, empower the people of Brazil to elect their president through a free and fair election, and only recognize a legitimate government in Brazil – not one that undermines the democratic process or takes power through military force.”

In her previous roles at the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State, Congresswoman Sara Jacobs worked in conflict-torn countries and in the aftermath of violent coups. She was also trapped in the House Gallery of the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection on January 6th and saw firsthand the attempt to overthrow American democracy.