Putin signs law to allow online voting at elections across Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia March 3, 2022. Sputnik/Andrey Gorshkov/Kremlin via REUTERS

March 14 (Reuters) - An online voting system that was criticised by some defeated candidates at parliamentary elections last year will be rolled out for use across Russia after President Vladimir Putin signed electronic voting procedures into law on Monday.

A coalition of defeated parliamentary candidates in Moscow claimed they were cheated of victory in a parliamentary election last September by the system and sought to try to overturn the results via lawsuits and public pressure.

Then only used in some regions, the system can now be used at elections and referendums across Russia at a national and regional level, after an online government portal showed Putin had signed the law, which had already passed through parliament.

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LetThemEatCake1313 on March 14th, 2022 at 16:30 UTC »

Next Step: Putin signs law that allows the government to vote for you.

firmerJoe on March 14th, 2022 at 16:22 UTC »

When you're too impatient to wait for people to gather in person before you rig the election.

RawScallop on March 14th, 2022 at 16:22 UTC »

Oh boy....can't wait for that to be abused.