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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Russia caught up with Europe on the turnout

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov is confident that the turnout in the past elections in the state Duma “seriously higher than the European average”. However, the regional electoral Commission understands that the “European turnout” was one of the lowest for the time of the elections.

As the main version of this reduced interest in the electoral process completely different election commissions are called… weather. In Central Russia, allegedly to voters was prevented by bad weather, people do not like to go outside. And in the southern regions and even in the Altai region the reason for the low turnout was called a good Sunny day, people do not like to go back to nature in the city to the polls. Politicians more realistic look at things, and I believe that turnout is a result of malopitatelna elections, without intrigue.

However, the intrigue is still there. For example, a high turnout in such Siberian regions as Kemerovo and Tyumen region, requires explanation. Which many analysts find that in the mining regions, not only the standard of living is higher, but also employees of enterprises are more disciplined.

The low turnout in the far Eastern district where the polls came to no more than 40% of voters, no surprise. But first disciplined region of the former “red belt” quite spoiled. As a result, for example, in Orel region the turnout compared to 2011 fell as much as 20% (45% in 2016, against, or 64.7 in 2011). All regions reported a turnout in the cities is lower than in rural areas. In Chukotka as many as seven villages showed a 100% turnout. The total turnout in the region did not reach 60%.

Even in the republics of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and Chechnya, the turnout decreased. She’s there, of course, is not “European” — more than 80% but not 90 like before. The high turnout this time showed Tuva (91,39%), where the elected head of the region.

But the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol have fully adapted to the Russian reality. On attendance of under 90%, as it was in the time of the referendum, no longer speak. In Sevastopol came to the polls 45,67% of the voters. In Simferopol Is 36.5%. The results of the voting in the Crimea is also quite nationwide. “United Russia” won 68,99%. Behind the ruling party is the liberal democratic party, followed the Communist party.

Elections to the State Duma 2016. Chronicle of events

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