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Starts the last day of online voting

Started the last day of remote electronic voting for amendments to the Constitution.

Electronic voting started on June 25 in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod region. The inhabitants of these regions will have a chance to vote online to 20.00 Tuesday.

According to the headquarters for monitoring the voting, only electronic voting was 190 1 726 1 051 000 - inhabitants of Moscow. The overall turnout in the penultimate day of nearly 90% had voted over a million people.

As specified in the Mosgorizbirkoma, those who are enrolled in the electronic registry of voters, but did not have time to vote online, will be able to come to your site at the place of residence from 1 July to vote in the traditional way.

Electronic voting was first used in the capital at the elections to the Moscow city Duma in 2019, to vote online could the residents of the three constituencies, the turnout was 92.3%. The experiment was considered successful.

To monitor electronic voting, the CEC established a special territorial Commission, it is the same for Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod region. In addition, the voting process in real time was observed by electronic headquarters, which was established under the Public chamber of Moscow.

Due to the fact that such a large-scale e-voting is being held for the first time, the system was pre-tested. As reported the head of the Department for the improvement of territorial administration and development of smart projects of the government of Moscow Artem Kostyrko, failures have been identified.

According to him, after the elections to the Moscow city Duma system of remote electronic voting have been improved. For example, an electronic newsletter that was previously left on the screen for 15 minutes now while maintaining the same requirements on the anonymity and secrecy of the vote can remain on the user's screen the entire voting period.

According to the headquarters for observation, for five days of voting messages about failures in the electronic voting system have been reported, but some users have observed technical difficulties. Thus, according to the official representative of the headquarters for the supervision of Alexander Asafov, the system tried to attack, but these attempts were reflected and had no effect on the vote. Moreover, after the system was transferred to a special regime of protection.

In Moscow were recorded attempts to vote twice - in remote electronic voting at the polling station. As reported in the Moscow election Committee and the headquarters to monitor the voting, these cases were worked out, and boxes with double votes sealed.

After these cases, the Moscow city election Commission at the request of the public mission monitoring the vote in Moscow produced a reconciliation of the lists of participants of the electronic voting and regular voters, to prevent attempts of double voting. The Chairman of Moscow election Committee Yury Yermolov said that in the course of verification it was revealed more than 12 thousand doubles, while none of them voted twice. He noted that the situation with voting lists will be on a daily control.

A nationwide vote on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation was scheduled for 22 April, but then postponed because of the epidemic of the coronavirus. Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on a new date for voting on 1 July. Because of the need to take into account the epidemiological situation and the security of the population, it was decided that the Russians will be able to vote all week from 25 June to 1 July.

This is the first in the history of the country a seven-day vote. Also, the first two regions – Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod region – unable to vote online. The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko has proposed to discuss the possibility of extending the vote for several days and the elections.