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Article 69
 

1. Voting shall be conducted from 8.00 to 20.00 local time. If working hours of voters residing in the territory of a voting precinct coincide with the voting hours (in enterprises with non-stop operation or on a rotational basis), the voting start in this voting precinct may be moved to earlier time (but no more than two hours) by resolution of the election commission of the subject of the Russian Federation.
(as amended by Federal Law No. 93-FZ of July 21, 2005)


2. Territorial and precinct election commissions shall inform voters about the date, time and place of voting not later than 20 days before voting day through the mass media or by other means or, in the event of early voting conducted in accordance with Article 70 of this Federal Law, not later than five days before the day of early voting.


3. A precinct election commission of voting precincts established on ships at sea, in military units, at polar stations, in remote and hard-to-reach areas may declare the voting completed ahead of the time specified in clause 1 of this article if all the voters included in the voters list have voted.


4. On voting day prior to the commencement of voting, the chairman of a precinct election commission shall declare the polling station open and shall show empty stationary and mobile ballot boxes to members of the precinct election commission, voters present and persons mentioned in clause 5 of Article 23 of this Federal Law. After this, the ballot boxes shall be sealed (closed-up) with the seal of the precinct election commission. The chairman of a precinct election commission shall also show to said persons sealed mobile ballot boxes containing ballots marked in accordance with clauses 2 to 9 of Article 70 of this Federal Law by voters (if any) who have voted early.
(as amended by Federal Law No. 93-FZ of July 21, 2005)


5. Members of a precinct election commission having the right of casting vote shall receive ballots from the chairman of the precinct election commission for issuance to voters and shall sign for their receipt. Then the chairman of a precinct election commission shall invite voters to start voting.


6. Ballots shall be issued to voters included in the voters lists upon presentation of a passport or a substitute document and an absentee ballot if a voter votes on the basis of an absentee ballot. Each voter shall be entitled to receive one ballot, save as provided by clause 11 of this Article. Before issuing a ballot to a voter a member of the precinct election commission shall make sure that the voter has not voted early and that no written application (or oral request) from the voter for voting outside the voting site is recorded in the register mentioned in clause 2 of Article 71 of this Federal Law and that no voting members of the precinct election commission have been sent to the voter to conduct voting outside the polling station.


7. When receiving a ballot, a voter shall write the series and number of his passport or a substitute document. With the consent or upon the request of the voter the series and number of his passport or a substitute document may be written in the voters list by any member of the precinct election commission having the right of casting vote. On the basis of a relevant resolution of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation the series and number of his passport or a substitute document may be entered in the voters list when it is made using State Automated System “Elections” (GAS “Vybory”). The voter shall check the correctness of the entry and shall sign for the receipt of a ballot. The member of the precinct election commission who issued a ballot to the voter shall also sign in the appropriate box of the voters list. If a voter votes on the basis of an absentee ballot, a note to this effect shall be made in the voters list.
(as amended by Federal Law No. 93-FZ of July 21, 2005)


8. A voter shall vote by putting any mark in the box relating to the candidate chosen by the voter or, in cases provided by clause 5.1 of Article 67 of this Federal Law, relating to “For” or “Against” position.
(clause 8 as amended by Federal Law No. 107-FZ of July 12, 2006)


9. Each voter shall vote in person. Voting for other voters is prohibited. Ballots shall be marked in a booth or in some other specially equipped place or room for secret voting, where the presence of other persons is not allowed save as provided by clause 10 of this article.
(as amended by Federal Law No. 64-FZ of April 26, 2007)


10. A voter who is unable to sign for the receipt of a ballot, or mark the ballot himself/herself, or participate in electronic voting, may be assisted by another voter who is not a member of the election commission, a registered candidate, his attorney or authorized representative for financial issues, an authorized representative or attorney of a political party, put forward a registered candidate, observer, foreign (international) observer. In this case, the voter shall orally inform the election commission of his intention to ask for assistance of another person. The surname, first name and patronymic name, series and number of the passport or a substitute document of the person assisting the voter shall be marked in the appropriate box (boxes) of the voters list.
(as amended by Federal Laws No. 93-FZ of July 21, 2005, No. 143-FZ dated June 14, 2011)


11. If a voter thinks that he has made a mistake while completing a ballot, the voter may ask the election commission member from whom he received a ballot to give him a new ballot in place of the spoiled one. The election commission member shall issue a new ballot to the voter, make a note to this effect in the voters list against the name of this voter and sign the note. An appropriate note shall be made on the spoiled ballot, signed by a member of the election commission having the right of casting vote and certified by the secretary of the precinct election commission, after which the spoiled ballot shall be immediately cancelled.
(as amended by Federal Law No. 64-FZ of April 26, 2007)


12. Voters shall drop marked ballots into a sealed (closed) stationary ballot box.


13. The chairman of a precinct election commission shall maintain order in the polling station. Instructions of the chairman of a precinct election commission issued within the scope of his competence shall be binding for all those present inside the polling station. In the absence of the chairman of a precinct election commission, his functions shall be performed by the deputy chairman of the precinct election commission, and, in the absence of the deputy chairman, by the secretary of the precinct election commission or some other voting member of the given election commission authorized thereby.


14. Persons mentioned in clause 5 of Article 23 of this Federal Law may be present in the polling station during the voting, counting of votes and making protocols on voting results by a precinct election commission. The precinct election commission shall make up a list of persons who observed the progress of voting and counting of votes based on identity documents produced by these persons.


15. Any member of a precinct election commission shall be immediately suspended from participation in the commission’s work and an observer and other persons shall be expelled from the polling station if they violate the laws on the election of the President of the Russian Federation. In such case, an appropriate reasoned decision shall be made by the precinct election commission or a superior election commission. Law enforcement authorities shall ensure the enforcement of the decision and take measures to hold the suspended member of a precinct election commission, expelled observer and other persons responsible under the laws of the Russian Federation.


16. Registered candidates, their attorneys and authorized representatives for financial issues, political parties put forward registered candidates and their authorized representatives as well as the organizations whose founders, owners, possessors and/or officers are the above persons and organizations as well as other natural persons and legal entities acting at request or on the instruction of the above persons and organizations are not allowed not make any arrangements for transportation of voters to polling stations.
(clause 16 as amended by Federal Law No. 93-FZ of July 21, 2005)