There was, however, a downside to choosing the uncompetitive scenario. The voter turnout was low in Novgorod — a dismal 36% — because without a real alternative, voters simply saw no point in going to the polls, says Zhukovsky, the co-author of the governor’s strategy.Needless to say, 36% turnout would look like substantial progress compared to the 25% registered in Regina's last civic election. And hopefully a far wider range of alternatives will help us to leave that sad level of citizen disengagement far behind.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
On telling signs
Time reports on how voter turnout was affected by news that Russian elections are purely stage-managed affairs in which the governing party chooses which opponents it sees fit to allow to run: