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Guide: How to prepare for electronic voting in advance?

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The eighth presidential election will be held in Russia between March 15 and March 17, 2024. You can cast your vote both in person and online. Although the second option seems to many people to consume more energy, this is not entirely true. That’s why we’ve compiled a clear guide with answers to the main questions about electronic voting and clear instructions to help you prepare for the elections.


What is electronic voting?

Remote electronic voting (abbreviated as DEG) is conducted online using special software, without paper voting. To participate in voting, voters do not need to be in the voting center area on election days. You can vote remotely using a computer or phone.


Who can participate in remote electronic voting?

Adult citizens with permanent registration in Moscow or certain regions can participate in remote electronic voting (DEG).


In which regions can remote electronic voting be used?

DEGs are provided in 29 regions during the elections of the President of the Russian Federation.

In which regions is DEG available:

— Republic of Karelia

– Republic of Crimea

— Chuvash Republic — Chuvashia

– Altai region

– Kamchatka Krai

— Perm area

– Arkhangelsk region

– Belgorod region

– Vladimir region

– Vologda Region

– Voronezh region

– Kaliningrad region

– Kaluga region

— Kursk region

— Lipetsk region

– Moscow region

– Murmansk region

– Nizhny Novgorod Region

– Novgorod region

– Novosibirsk region

– Pskov region

– Rostov region

– Sverdlovsk region

— Tomsk region

– Chelyabinsk region

– Yaroslavl region

— Sevastopol

– Nenets Autonomous Okrug.


What do you need to do in advance to vote?

You won’t be able to vote in the Government Services app or via email. Voting portals are separate information systems.

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Here it is step by step instructionWhat you need to do in advance to participate in the voting:

Stage 1. Find yours in the list of regions participating in remote electronic voting.

— Not being on the list means not participating in remote electronic voting. You can then vote at the voting center where you registered.

— If a region is on the list and you are permanently registered in this region, this means you can participate in the voting.

Step 2. Submit your application to the Government Services portal before 23:59 on March 11, 2024. To do this, you need a verified account on the Government Services portal. You can access the application from this link. If you change your mind about voting, you can withdraw your application. Wait for the decision. If the application status shows “Calculated”, it means you can join DEG.

Stage 3. Check your device and browser to see if they are DEG eligible. This can be done using the link.

Step 4. Go to the website vybory.gov.ru and vote within three calendar days from 08:00 on March 15 to 20:00 local time on March 17, 2024.


How should Muscovites vote?

If you have permanent registration in Moscow, you do not need to submit a separate application. Voting will be held on the mos.ru portal.

So follow step by step instructions under:

Stage 1. Make sure you have a full mos.ru account. You can check your account status from your personal account in the menu on the left. “You have a full account” should be displayed in the “Profile” item.

Full account on the State Services portal

— If your account is missing, fill in all fields of the form and verify your identity. This can be done on the State Services portal using the link.

Step 2. Go to mos.ru for three calendar days from March 15 at 08:00 to March 17, 2024 at 20:00. You must log in to your personal account before 19:59.


Where is remote electronic voting done?

As we wrote above, DEG for residents of the above-mentioned 28 regions is carried out on the portal vybory.gov.ru. Citizens with permanent registration in Moscow do not need to apply – the DEG for them is carried out through mos.ru.


When will remote electronic voting take place?

Voting will take place over three calendar days, from 08:00 on March 15 to 20:00 local time on March 17, 2024.


What other countries offer electronic voting?

The term “electronic voting” was first introduced in the 60s of the last century, long before this practice came into use. In France, for example, foreign voters can now vote online in parliamentary elections. However, this voting method does not apply to other elections (presidential, European, referendum). And in 2007, Estonia became the first country in the world to use electronic voting in parliamentary elections. Currently, around a third of votes in Estonia are cast online. In Russia, the possibility of using this form of voting in federal elections was included in the legislation of May 23, 2020. And now it is actively used in practice.

Source: People Talk

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