Over half voters came to polling stations of Penza region
Penza, 18 September 2016. PenzaNews. Voter turnout in the Penza region as of 18.00 on Sunday, September 18, amounted to 52.7%, the spokesman of the election commission in the region told PenzaNews.
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According to him, 577,153 people voted in the Penza region.
“283,152 voters, 52.96%, in the 146 th single-seat district, and in the 147 th Lermontov district — 294,001 people, or 52.5%,” the spokesman said.
He reminded that the voter turnout in the Penza region at 15.00 was 41.6%, at 12.00 — 25.3%, at 10.00 — 9.3%.
The representative of the regional election committee added that the highest turnout was registered in Lopatino area (83.4%), and the minimum — in Kuznetsk (35.4%) as of 18.00.
The elections will be considered valid with any turnout. In the Penza region it has traditionally been higher than the average in Russia. So, 13 years ago, the turnout in the region during parliamentary elections it was more than 57%, in 2007 about 70%, and in 2011 almost 65%.
On September 18, one of the first to vote was the governor of the Penza region Ivan Belozertsev, deputies of the State Duma Leonid Levin and Sergei Esyakov, speaker of the regional parliament Valery Lidin, former mayor of Penza Alexander Kalashnikov, member of the Federation Council of Russia Victor Kondrashin, Rector of PSU Alexander Gulyakov, head of Penza administration Victor Kuvaytsev, deputy of the Legislative Assembly Georgy Kamnev, coordinator of the regional LDPR department Alexander Vasilyev, and other officials.
On September 18, in addition to the State Duma elections, the region holds by-elections of deputies of the Penza City Council in the 17 th and 19 th single-member districts, the election of representatives of the Assembly of Deputies in Kamenka and Serdobsk areas, as well as deputy elections to the local authorities in 19 areas.
During State Duma elections each voter receives two ballots — the federal and single-mandate constituencies. In the first case one may vote for one of 14 parties registered by the CEC. In the second ballot, the voter gives preference to a particular candidate.
“Against all” box is not presented in both ballots. It was abolished in all types of elections in 2006, but then returned during municipal elections in 2014.