Brazilian Acorns

It's election day in Framingham tomorrow.

Thousands of Brazilians from all over New England will be coming to Framingham High School tomorrow to vote in an election half a world away.

Around 12,000 registered Brazilian voters are expected to show up at the polls between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to choose Brazil's next president.

With current President Lula da Silva stepping down after eight years in office, his party's chosen successor, Dilma Rousseff, is the leading candidate in this year's election.

If Rousseff can't secure a majority of votes tomorrow, a runoff election would be held in which the highest vote-getters would advance to a second round of voting.

How about that?

Brazilians all over the United States will be casting votes. Those living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island will be heading to the polling place in Framingham, which was set up by the Brazilian Consulate in Boston.

Fernando Igreja, deputy consul general of Brazil to Boston, said the consulate chose the location because of its size and its proximity to the large Brazilian population living in MetroWest.

"The only place we found where it was possible to do this was Framingham," he said.

I wonder if ACORN will be registering Americans to vote in the Brazilian election!

Local officials said the consulate went through all the proper channels to hold the election at the site.

Officials gave varying estimates of how many voters would show up, but the Brazilian Workers Party, which organizes voters across the United States, anticipated 12,000 at the Framingham site.