Better Democracy, Better Health

As reported in, a study of Brazilian election trends due to the introduction of electronic voting demonstrated that as marginalized citizens gained access to the ballot box, health outcomes improved.

Princeton University professor Thomas Fujiwara’s study “found correlations between the introduction of electronic voting and increases in public health funding, increases in the number mothers getting prenatal health care, and declines in the number of low-weight babies born.These correlations were statistically robust, and survived tests for confounding explanations.”

Those on both sides of the voter ID debate in the US would do well to read Fujiwara’s study!

One thought on “Better Democracy, Better Health

  1. I have serious reservations about the integrity of electronic voting schemes for several reasons. There’s no paper trail. The websites and voting hardware have been hacked.

    If people can’t have faith in the integrity of the voting process, the legitimacy of their government will be called into question. What’s the point of a democracy if the votes do not determine the outcome?

    Brazil’s electronic voting system has been the subject of controversy since it was adopted in 1996. This article details the situation:

    Increasing voter participation rates does not necessarily improve a countries governance, but increasing the number of INFORMED voters most certainly does.


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