Skip to comments.Ballot stuffing, vote-rigging and fraud: Russians on alert for tricks that may help Putin
Posted on 02/27/2012 9:44:26 AM PST by F15Eagle
Russian activists are being trained to spot ballot-stuffing and vote-rigging in preparation for a presidential election which Vladimir Putin is determined to win outright.
Ten days before Russians go to the polls to vote for their next president, a tight-knit group of activists had gathered in the basement of an anonymous 19th Century house in central Moscow for a crash course in vote rigging.
"We will be organised. We will be prepared. And we will be effective," a lecturer urged, describing how, of the many ways to cheat in an election, the simplest was to stuff a handful of pre-marked papers into a ballot box when nobody is looking.
Equally simple, she added, was the "merry-go-round" technique, in which busloads of supporters are driven from one polling station to another, voting at each in turn, with the connivance of lax election officials.
But this was no conspiracy to steal Russia's presidential election, whose first round will be held next Sunday. Instead, the meeting was one of dozens of anti-fraud briefings given by an organisation called Grazhdanin Nabludatel, or Citizen Observer, as Russia prepares to decide whether Vladimir Putin, 59, should become president again.
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You could change the title from Russians to Americans and from Vladmir Putin to Barack Obama. I'm sure they're already planning how to steal it for 2012.
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Ballot stuffing, vote-rigging and fraud: Russians on alert for tricks that may help Vladimir Putin win election
Obama and Dims probably have observers over there to pick up any tips for using here in Nov.
I thought Rahm Emanuel was still in Chicago.
Trying to oppose voter fraud is probably more dangerous in Russia, than it is here.
At least for now.
“Equally simple, she added, was the “merry-go-round” technique, in which busloads of supporters are driven from one polling station to another, voting at each in turn, with the connivance of lax election officials.”
I have seen this practice being used here in the U.S.. I saw the bus pull up as I was leaving the polling place. I stopped to watch the 20 or so people rush in, vote, and then leave. I followed the bus to another polling place nearby and witnessed them enter and vote again. I followed them again to yet another polling place, but did not follow them inside because the bus driver noticed me and yelled to alert them that they were being followed.
Absolutely true story.
Doesn’t surprise me. Gee, I wonder who they might have been voting for?