FRAMINGHAM -- Traffic has been backed up for about a mile approaching Framingham High School as Brazilians from all over New England are casting compulsory votes for their home country?s president today.
Polls close at 5 p.m. in Framingham, which is one of eight voting locations in the United States, according to leaders of the local chapter of Brazil?s Workers Party.
Since 8 a.m., hundreds of people have been waiting in a line snaking in front of the high school to cast their ballots in an operation overseen by the Brazilian consulate.
Brazilians are required to vote, and must do so even if they are living abroad. According to the Workers' Party, 12,000 registered Brazilian voters live in New England and should all be voting in Framingham unless they request a waiver from their government.
The expected winner is the Workers' Party's Dilma Rousseff, who was picked by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, or "Lula" as he's popularly known, to lead the country following his eight years in office.
If Rousseff gets more than 50 percent of the vote, she'll be Brazil's first female president. If she doesn't, there will be a runoff election on Oct. 31 with the top two vote-getters in today's election.
Election results will be available late tonight.
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