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Russian Election-Fraud Tactics -- Something Old, Something New

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

International monitors say the March 4 presidential election that swept Prime Minister Vladimir Putin back into the Kremlin was unfair, while Russian volunteer monitors denounce widespread voting fraud. Most of the alleged irregularities reported are time-tested tactics observed in previous elections. But the election also yielded some innovations.

Ballot Stuffing And Vote-Count Fraud

This is the most traditional example of electoral fraud, which consists of "stuffing" multiple ballots into the ballot box. This can be done by individual voters or by polling station officials who "pad" the ballot box either before or after the vote.

Russian polling station officials also have a long history of fudging the numbers on election protocols after election monitors leave the station at the end of the day. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the vote count in the March 4 election was faulty in almost one-third of the polling stations that it observed.

'Carousels' And Absentee Votes

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Written by Claire Bigg.

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Russian Election-Fraud Tactics -- Something Old, Something New

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