Vladimir Simagin came to polling station with his son, wife and brother
Penza, 18 September 2016. PenzaNews. Deputy of the State Duma of the sixth convocation, the secretary of the Communist Party, Vladimir Simagin came to polling station No. 87 in the department of the military commissariat of Oktyabrsky and Zheleznodorozhny districts of Penza together with his wife, a 4-month-old son and a brother.
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Before receiving the ballot papers, he handed the baby to his wife, who, according to him, will perform her civil duty at another location.
“Each of us has own view of the future of our families, children, so naturally, this is a normal desire of every person to come to the polls and vote. Everyone has their own views, and each of us defines this by voting, which takes place every five years, so today’s mood is so good,” he commented for PenzaNews.
Vladimir Simagin said that he made his choice wishing stability and decent life for his family.
Responding to a question about what he expects from the new composition of the State Duma, the secretary of the regional committee of the Communist Party said that the main thing is listening to what people say.
“The State Duma of this convocation not always did that,” he said.
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.
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%.
According to the election committee of the Penza region, at noon the voter turnout amounted to 25.3%.