On 22 May 2019 Pyatigorsk hosted the district forum of the North Caucasus activists of the Union of Youth election commissions of Russia on the topic “Youth vector of modernization of the electoral law and process in the Russian Federation.”
The Secretary of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation Maya Grishina addressed the participants of the forum. She spoke about the experimental innovations in the electoral process – the creation of digital polling stations and remote electronic voting.
“The State Duma has adopted laws that provide for a variety of interesting innovations that can draw attention to the election campaign, including young people,” said Maya Grishina. “The CEC of Russia is moving towards the widespread use of technology in the electoral process. This serves the interests of voters and creates additional guarantees for the exercise of citizens' electoral rights.”
The Secretary of the CEC of Russia in her speech noted new approaches to the voting procedure, which are supposed to be tested during the experiments. Speaking about digital polling stations, she noted that in case of a successful experiment, that will allow nonresident voters in Moscow to vote in elections in their regions, such polling stations may be created in other regions of Russia next year.
“Tell us about these innovations, watch how they develop,” Maya Grishina urged the forum participants. “I hope that the Union of Youth election commissions, all those who cooperate with us in the field of work with young people, during a single voting day in September will demonstrate all their skills and achievements in practice.”
Representatives of the youth election commissions of Russia discussed at the forum issues related to the use of new information technologies in the electoral process, the prospects of digitalization of electoral law, the experience of foreign countries in the organization of electronic elections.
Within the discussion platform “The Youth. Innovations. Elections.” forum participants discussed modern innovative forms of work with young people and future voters to improve legal culture, as well as the potential of social networks for electoral training.
According to Maya Grishina, on the eve of a single voting day, the CEC of Russia will hold an international scientific and practical conference on the digitalization of the electoral process and the impact of the human factor.
“I think we will witness interesting discussions and conclusions,” said the Secretary of the CEC of Russia.
The forum was a continuation of the All-Russian meeting of the heads of the centers of electoral law and process. It was attended by specialists working with youth administrations of districts and cities of the Stavropol territory, representatives of the scientific and expert community, heads of election commissions of a number of subjects of the Russian Federation.