Putin signed a law on distance voting
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law providing for the possibility of remote voting, including by mail, at all levels of elections. The law was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
On remote voting
The law introduces the concept of “remote electronic voting” (voting without the use of a newsletter produced on paper, using special software). It is found that in elections in public authorities, local governments, regional or local referendum in the cases and manner established by the CEC, may provide for the possibility of voting of voters, referendum participants by mail, and remote electronic voting.
In addition, the amendments provide for the possibility of early voting on all levels of elections, including the presidential elections in order to protect the health of electors and the creation of maximum convenience for the implementation of Russian citizens ‘ electoral rights. This possibility will apply to groups of voters residing where there is no premises for voting and the transport message with which is difficult. In such cases, early voting may not be earlier than 15 days before voting day in the procedure established by the Central election Commission of the Russian Federation, stated in the amendments. At regular polling early voting may be held no earlier than 10 days before election day. This vote can be organized early voting at least seven days before the voting day.
The amendments provide, among other “other valid reasons, does not allow to arrive at the polling place” as a reason to precinct election Commission that has ensured voters the possibility of voting outside of the plots. The basis for voting outside areas can be “necessity of care for those in this needy.” In addition, the amendments provide for the possibility of voting in adjoining areas, the residential common areas and other places. Purposes of this vote, again, should be the creation of conditions to protect the health of electors and for maximum convenience for the implementation of Russian citizens ‘ electoral rights.
Gubernatorial elections can be postponed
Is normal that the vote on the election of the highest official of the subject of the Russian Federation may be pending the legislative (representative) body of state power of the region if in its territory or on the territories of two or more municipalities in the subject of the Russian Federation introduced the mode of increased readiness or h/s when there is a threat to the life or health of citizens.
The collection of signatures through the portal
The law also permits the collection of signatures of voters and participants of referenda through “Single portal of public and municipal services”. It is envisaged that with the use of public services may be collected no more than half of the number of signatures necessary for registration of candidate, list of candidates, the appointment of the referendum. Regions have the right to set these limits own limits on the number of “electronic” signatures.
In addition, tougher requirements for so-called defective signatures for elections to the regional parliaments: reduced from 10 to 5 per cent of the allowable number of unauthentic and invalid signatures from the total amount collected for registration of candidates and conduct of the referendum.