New Analysis Suggests Broad Ballot-Stuffing In Russian Elections

The Wall Street Journal reports today that based on its own analysis, “Russia’s parliamentary vote earlier this month are studded with red flags that suggest broad electoral fraud.” The Journal found that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party received “a high share of voters — far above the 49.3% it received nationwide — in precincts where voter turnout was reported to be well above the national average.” Election monitoring experts said the results suggested broad ballot-stuffing. The Journal notes that its analysis “doesn’t in itself prove fraud” in Russia’s Dec. 4 elections but it “provides the first overall picture that any alleged election fraud could be broad in scale.”