JRL NEWSWATCH: “Online voting and other reforms are coming to Russia in September. Opposition politicians are skeptical.” – Meduza

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“Just before Russia’s most recent presidential elections in 2018 … [a]bsentee ballots were replaced with the so-called Mobile Voter system … allow[ing] voters to switch precincts ahead of the election …. Both election observers and opposition politicians immediately criticized the new system. Less than one year later, Russian authorities have decided to introduce two new absentee voting systems, including opportunities for online voting. … these new proposals … set to take effect as early as September 2019 [include d]igital precincts …

Online voting … Voting for citizens with no permanent registration … Lax municipal filters and limits on external observation … In addition, Central Election Commission officials have expressed hope that the Russian government will introduce new limits on election observers. Officials have proposed prohibiting observers from monitoring elections in any region where they are not registered as voters themselves.”

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