Law of the Week: Bill introducing multiday voting passes Parliament

Week-ending 24 July 2020

On Tuesday, 21 July 2020, the State Duma, approved in its final reading a bill that would allow voting over as many as three days during elections. Multiday voting was first used in the vote on the constitutional amendments from 25 June to 1 July. Critics say multiday voting gives power holders more control over elections and more opportunities to rig results. The bill was approved by the Parliament’s upper chamber on 24 July.

On Friday, 24 July, Central Election Commission Chair Ella Pamfilova said the elections set for 13 September would take place over three days, from 11 to 13 September, with early voting held on 11 and 12 September and 13 September chosen as the main polling day.

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