Source: Russian Federation Government 2
On 13 November 2019, a regular meeting of the CEC of Russia was held.
The main topic of the meeting was the consideration of the draft resolution “On the verification of receiving only one ballot for voting at the elections of 8 September 2019”.
Anton Lopatin, a member of the CEC of Russia, said that this is not the first time that the CEC of Russia has been working to identify facts of voters having repeatedly received ballots and possible voting in two places. System of verification of singularity of voting was envisaged in 2017 simultaneously with the introduction of the Mobile Voter mechanism in the electoral process, which allowed voters to vote at their actual location, wherever convenient. In 2019, at the initiative of the Commission, a Working Group was established to control the singularity of receiving the ballot in the election.
If it is discovered that citizens received two ballots for one type of election, but at different polling stations, this information is sent to law enforcement agencies to carry out the appropriate procedural actions.
Anton Lopatin noted that receiving an election ballot for voting more than once during the same vote entails the imposition of an administrative fine. For committing a similar violation more than two times, the legislation of the Russian Federation provides for criminal liability.
In the elections at the single voting day on September 8, 2019, the Mobile Voter mechanism was used in 36 constituent entities of the Russian Federation. In addition, in Moscow voting took place at digital precincts, where voters from 20 constituencies were able to vote in their regional elections.
Deputy Chairman of the CEC of Russia Nikolai Bulaev recalled that in 2018, based on the results of a similar audit, several cases of double voting were revealed, on which law enforcement agencies took appropriate measures.
“Of course, the number of detected cases is small, and after the current audit, there will also be few. 640 out of 40 million voters will be tested for the possibility of double voting,”said the Deputy Chairman of the Commission. “But the verification technology and the software product used make it possible to exclude the possibility of double voting, to identify all attempts at violations.”
The Deputy Chairman of the Commission also spoke about plans for further development of the Mobile Voter mechanism. “This year we conducted an experiment in Moscow, and the technology performed successfully. It combines the capabilities of the “Mobile Voter” and new technological ideas. In September 2020, there will be 1,000 digital voting sites throughout Russia. We believe that the Mobile Voter mechanism has been successfully adapted. And today we have a reliable control tool that allows us to counteract any discreditation and falsification attempts, ” he said.