03/18/18. Results St. Petersburg

We continue to get acquainted with the results of voting in the presidential elections in different regions of the Russian Federation. Today - the city of federal significance St. Petersburg.
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2313458 people, or 63.69% of registered voters, participated in the elections in the city. Compared to the 2012 elections, the turnout ratio remained almost unchanged, adding only 1.64%, while the number of those who came to the polling stations fell slightly more noticeably - by 75,109 people, or 3.14%. Such a difference in the dynamics of the two indicators is caused by a decrease in the list number of voters: in 6 years they decreased by 217,028 people. (5.64%). Note that this turnout was a record for the last presidential campaigns: in 2004, the turnout was 57.40%, in 2008 - 68.10% and in 2012 - 62.05%.
The experts who participated in our election special project “Election of the President of Russia 2018. Voting on March 18” could not predict the turnout in the northern capital. Recall, we selected for the project 50 subjects of the federation with the maximum number of voters, each twice, in February and March, asked the three experts for their opinion on the turnout and based on the voiced figures built a consensus forecast for the turnout in a particular region.For St. Petersburg, the forecast in February was 55%, in March - 52%.
Between the candidates, the votes of St. Petersburg residents were distributed more or less predictably: Vladimir Putin - 75.01%, Pavel Grudinin - 9.04%, Ksenia Sobchak - 4.33%, Vladimir Zhirinovsky - 4.09%, Grigory Yavlinsky - 3.18% , Boris Titov - 1.57%, Sergey Baburin - 0.88%, Maxim Suraikin - 0.66%. Only 3rd place of Ksenia Sobchak, who managed to beat Vladimir Zhirinovsky, and high results in comparison with other regions, Sobchak, Yavlinsky and Titov, attract attention.
This time, Vladimir Putin could not beat his own record set back in 2004 (75.12%). However, in comparison with other campaigns, the current level of support for the “main candidate” is quite high: in 2008, Dmitry Medvedev had 72.27%, and in 2012, Vladimir Putin had 58.77%.
Representatives of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and the Liberal Democratic Party lost the support of the electorate regarding the results of the 2012 elections, but Vladimir Zhirinovsky lost less significant: then he gained 4.65%, and Gennady Zyuganov - 13.06%.
After summing up the election, St. Petersburg was among the regions to which the CEC had the most questions.The reasons for this were different. So, it turned out that many voters in all districts of the city were “detached” to other regions without their knowledge. There were even cases when bed-patients were allegedly writing statements to vote somewhere in a completely different region, sometimes quite remote. Members of election commissions in the field explained this with errors. A total of 418.7 thousand people were “unfastened” in a simplified manner (5 or more days before the vote), most of them allegedly expressed their desire to vote in the Altai Territory, the Leningrad and Moscow regions and in Moscow. In addition, over the last 3 days before the election, an additional 50,000 and 70,000 residents respectively submitted applications for the desire to visit sites in the Samara and Leningrad Regions. As a result, the turnout was increased due to such an artificial reduction in the number of voters.
Speaking about the election system of St. Petersburg, Ella Pamfilova, chairman of the Central Election Commission, said: “Indeed, we have to admit that a lot has been done, to work on mistakes, but not all. electoral system of St. Petersburg. " She stressedthat the results of the presidential elections on March 18 in the city’s territory cannot be doubted.
Andrey Malkov, a member of the Public Chamber of St. Petersburg, shares his opinion on the election results: "If we speak from the standpoint of a representative of the Public Chamber of St. Petersburg, on March 18, 2018 we provided a pool of observers. <...> Everything was fair and transparent. Some electoral commissions had shortcomings, I think the St. Petersburg Electoral Commission will draw conclusions and introduce additional measures to train such commissions. If in general, the voter turnout speaks for itself. "
Political analyst, director of the Institute of Contemporary State Development, Dmitry Solonnikov, in general, positively assessed the past campaign, pointing out some shortcomings: “Of the goals, the organizers managed to achieve openness and legitimacy. The problem was competitiveness. plots. Almost nobody had a regional creativity. "
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The full version of the material with detailed comments of experts can be read here.
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