Electronic voting, which helped United Russia so much in the last elections, has worked this time as well. In Pskov, the party in power, moving into the city duma, received 5998 virtual votes on the list, and its opponents 4370 – or 1628 less. The overall result of “Edra” is 17,055 votes, while the opposition has 15,593 – or 1,462 less, and minus the virtuals – 166 more.
An ardent supporter of the abandonment of obsolete ballot boxes was previously blabbed about how electronic votes are considered by a foreign agent Alexey Venediktov*. According to him, the delay in counting the votes of Muscovites in the last Duma elections occurred because 307 thousand voters out of 1943 thousand suddenly decided to re-vote. After that, the candidates from United Russia, losing in 9 out of 15 metropolitan districts, suddenly took the lead.
To force people to give their will into the hands of electronic gesheftmachers, no money is a pity. And now in Moscow 646,100 prizes have been allocated for them, including 100 cars. It worked: 1,748,616 people preferred online, only 695,214 came to the polling stations, and EdRo naturally won.
You say: the soldiers at the front lack not only drones – bulletproof vests and sapper shovels? Maybe it was worth sending the prize money to their needs? They will be killed, the correct counting of votes is more important!
Another resource for obtaining additional votes is the manipulation of the electoral system. There are two main methods of voting that take into account the will of the voters as much as possible. One list, when parties receive deputy seats in proportion to the number of votes received by each party list. The other one is a majoritarian one in two rounds. Voters vote in each constituency, the one who gets more than 50% becomes a deputy, and if no one wins, the two leaders go to the second round and the process repeats.
In Russia, the constituencies vote in one round, and therefore the deputies very often become candidates who have received much less than half of the votes. Could they have won the second round with such voter support? Doubtful. That’s why we don’t have it. The first place in the first round is much easier to secure. For example, throwing a pre-prepared bundle of ballots behind “Edro”, with which the deputy chairman of the precinct election commission No. 0901 was caught in Gelendzhik Marina Tarakanova.
A zealous employee of the Gelendzhik mayor’s office may be scolded and even punished, but many more accurate officials, on the contrary, will rather receive bonuses. For example, the workers of the Omsk vertical – according to the information of the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Sergei Obukhov during early voting, state employees were brought to the polling stations by buses. For which party the ballots of the overwhelming majority of them are marked, it is obvious. When at the last municipal elections in the Kaliningrad region, in constituency No. 4, early ballots were packed incorrectly, and the opposition managed to get them annulled, it was there that Edro lost.
It is not surprising that on the eve of the voting, the authorities in several more regions canceled party lists and switched to elections by constituencies in one round. The result is obvious: in the City Duma of Vladivostok, in 2017, the opposition took 9 out of 18 seats on party lists, and 4 out of 17 districts, now it has only 4 seats in 35 districts. In the Omsk City Council, in the last elections, United Russia won in 17 districts out of 20, but lost to the opposition on the lists with 9 mandates out of 20. The lists were canceled, and now the most clubfoot party in the country has 35 out of 40 deputies in Omsk. drove.
Manipulations are also being prepared where voting by lists is still preserved. In Kirov, “United Russia” was supported by 33.89% of voters who came to the polling stations, and 10.08% of the parties that did not take the five percent barrier. Their share is distributed among the rest, and “Yedro”, having taken the required third, should have 37.3% in the City Duma, or 7 out of 18 seats distributed according to the list. However, the Kirovskaya Pravda newspaper of the Mass Communications Department of the Kirov Region reports that the “bears” will be given as many as 9 mandates.
Exactly the same picture is observed in the elections of the city duma of Barnaul. “United Russia” took 47.98% of the vote, the parties that did not overcome the five percent barrier – 8.37%. Half of their votes gives “Yedr” 52.2% or 11 out of 20 list places. However, according to media reports, they will be given as many as 14.
Whether it will be possible to stop the impending lawlessness will become clear in the coming days. A little later, it will become clear whether the organizers of attacks on observers from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation in Moscow, where several incidents were noted at once, will be punished. Well, the electoral fraud has only one ending. Sooner or later they annoy people, and power is changed by other methods.
* Recognized as a foreign agent by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.