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Chapter III. Voters Lists

Article 15. Preparation of Voters Lists

Article 16. Procedure for Inclusion of Citizens In, and Their Removal From, the Voters List

Article 17. Inspection of Voters Lists by Voters


Article 15. Preparation of Voters Lists

1. Voters lists shall be prepared by relevant election commissions separately for each electoral precinct in accordance with the form established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

2. A territorial election commission shall prepare voters lists not later than 26 days before voting day on the basis of the voter data furnished by the head of a municipality (if the charter of the municipality does not provide for such office - by a person authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government), the commander of a military unit, the head of an institution where voters are temporarily staying.

3. The voters list for an electoral precinct formed in a hard-to-reach or remote area shall be prepared by a precinct election commission not later than 25 days before voting day and, in exceptional cases, not later than on the day of the formation of a precinct election commission, on the basis of the voter data furnished by the head of a municipality (if the charter of the municipality does not provide for this office - by a person authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government).

4. In an electoral precinct formed on the territory of a military unit the list of voters - servicemen serving in the military unit, members of their families and other voters, if they reside within the territory of the military unit, shall be prepared by a precinct election commission not later than 25 days before voting day, on the basis of the voter data to be furnished by the commander of the military unit.

5. The voters list for an electoral precinct formed in places of temporary stay of voters (hospitals, sanatoriums, holiday hotels, places where suspects and defendants are held in custody and other places of temporary stay), on a ship at sea on voting day or at a polar station shall be prepared by a relevant precinct election commission not later than the day preceding voting day on the basis of the voter data furnished by the head of the institution where voters are staying temporarily, the captain of the ship or the head of the polar stations.

6. The voters list for an electoral precinct formed outside the territory of the Russian Federation shall be prepared by a relevant precinct election commission on the basis of applications of citizens of the Russian Federation who permanently reside outside the territory of the Russian Federation or stay abroad on long business trips, in accordance with Clause 4, Article 16 of this Federal Law.

7. The voter data shall be collected and corrected by the officials indicated in Clauses 2 to 5 of this article, in the procedure established by the «Regulation on the State System for Registration of Voters, Referendum Participants» and shall be submitted to territorial election commissions not later than 60 days before voting day, and, if the voters list is to be prepared by a precinct election commission, to such precinct election commissions immediately upon their formation.

8. The voters list shall be prepared in duplicate. Voter data for voters included in the voters list shall be arranged in an alphabetical or some other order (by populated centers, streets, houses, flats). The list must indicate the surname, first name and patronymic of voters, the year of birth (for the age of 18 years - also the date and month of birth), the address of the voter's place of residence. Blank spaces shall be left in the voters list for the voter to write the series and number of his passport or an equivalent identity document and sign for each received ballot, for the signature of a member of a precinct election commission who issued the ballot (ballots) to the voter and for entering the summary data for the election of deputies of the State Duma both in a single-seat electoral district and in the federal electoral district.

9. In the preparation of voters lists use may be made of the state automated information system. The first copy of the voters list shall be made in a machine-printed form, the second copy in a machine-readable form. In exceptional cases voters lists may be made in a hand-written form.

10. The first copy of the voters list prepared in accordance with the requirements of Clause 2 of this article shall be handed over to a relevant precinct election commission on the basis of a transfer certificate not later than 25 days before voting day. The second, machine-readable copy of the voters list shall be kept by a territorial election commission and shall be used as prescribed by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. The voters list shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of a territorial election commission and certified by the commission's seal.

11. The voters list for the electoral precincts formed in accordance with Clauses 4 to 6, Article 14 of this Federal Law shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of a precinct election commission and certified by the commission's seal.

12. A precinct election commission may divide the first copy of the voters list into separate books preserving the consecutive numeration of the voters list. Not later than the day preceding voting day each such book shall be stitched and certified by the seal of the given precinct commission and the signature of its chairman.

13. Having received the voters list a precinct election commission shall check and update the list on the basis of personal applications from citizens made in accordance with Article 17 of this Federal Law, relevant documents of the bodies of local self-government, officials, registries, bodies in charge of registration of citizens of the Russian Federation at the place of their residence and stay within the Russian Federation, messages from the higher election commission about inclusion of voters in the voters list in some other electoral precinct. The checked and updated voters list with the indication of the quantity of separate stitched books shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of a precinct election commission and certified by the commission's seal not later than the day preceding voting day.

14. The persons furnishing voter data shall be responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the data and its timely submission.

Article 16. Procedure for Inclusion of Citizens In, and Their Removal From, the Voters List

1. All citizens of the Russian Federation who are entitled to an active electoral right in accordance with Article 4 of this Federal Law shall be included in voters lists, save as otherwise provided by Clause 4 of this article.

2. A citizen shall be included in the voters list in a concrete electoral precinct on the basis of the fact that his place of residence is located on the territory of this electoral precinct as established by the bodies in charge of registration of citizens of the Russian Federation at the place of their stay or residence within the Russian Federation in accordance with the federal law regulating the procedure for the exercise by the citizens of the Russian Federation of the right to the freedom of movement, choice of the place of stay or residence within the Russian Federation.

3. Servicemen who live outside the territory of a military unit shall be included in the voters lists at the place of their residence on the usual terms. Servicemen serving in a military unit, members of their families and other voters living within the territory of a military unit shall be included in the voters list on the basis of the fact that their place of residence is located within the territory of the military unit as established by the relevant service of the military unit or bodies in charge of the registration of citizens of the Russian Federation at the place of their stay or residence within the Russian Federation, or on the basis of an order of the commander of the military unit whereby conscripts were enrolled in the military unit.

4. Citizens of the Russian Federation who permanently reside outside the territory of the Russian Federation or stay abroad on long business trips shall be included in voters lists on the basis of their written applications to be submitted not later than the day preceding voting day or an oral application made to a precinct election commission when the voter comes to the premises of this precinct election commission on voting day.

5. Voters - full-time students with their registered place of residence being in a hostel (where the educational establishment is located) shall be included in the voters lists at the place where the hostel (educational establishment) is located.

6. Voters staying on voting day in hospitals, sanatoriums, holiday hotels, places where suspects and defendants are held in custody and other places of temporary stay shall be included in the voters list on the basis of a passport, an equivalent identity document and an absentee certificate for voting at the election of deputies of the State Duma (hereafter «absentee certificate»). Voters at the place of temporary stay, who work at enterprises with a continuous operating cycle as well as servicemen who stay outside the area where their units are stationed, if they were unable to receive an absentee certificate, may be included in the voters list by the decision of a precinct election commission on the basis of a personal written application to be submitted to a territorial or precinct election commission not later than seven days before voting day.

7. Citizens of the Russian Federation who have been granted the status of forced migrants or have applied to the federal body of executive power dealing with the problems of migration or to the territorial agencies of this body for the status of forced migrants shall be included in the voters list at the place of their temporary residence on the basis of a passport or an equivalent identity document and relevant documents issued by the these authorities.

8. Citizens of the Russian Federation who are entitled to an active electoral right and are staying abroad at private invitations, on official and business trips and as tourists shall be included in the voters on the basis of an oral application list when they come to the premises of a precinct election commission, upon production of a passport or an equivalent identity document and an absentee certificate. Such citizens, who were unable to receive an absentee certificate, shall be included by a precinct election commission in the voters list on the basis of an oral application to be made when they come to the premises of a precinct election commission to vote on voting day.

9. Voters who settled down on the territory of an electoral precinct after the voters list had been made available to voters for inspection, as well as voters who were not included in the voters list for any other reason shall be additionally put on the voters list by a precinct election commission on the basis of a passport or an equivalent identity document and, if necessary, the documents confirming that the voter's place of residence is located on the territory of the given electoral precinct.

10. A voter may be included in a voters list only in one electoral precinct.

11. After the voters list has been signed by the chairman and the secretary of a territorial election commission a citizen may be removed from the voters list only on the basis of official documents or when an absentee certificate is issued to the voter in a procedure set forth in this Federal Law. In this case, the date when the citizen was removed from the voters list and the reasons therefor shall be indicated in the voters list. This note shall be certified by the signature of the chairman of a precinct election commission and, when an absentee certificate is issued, by the signature of the member of the election commission who issued the certificate.

12. No alterations shall be made in voters lists after the end of voting and commencement of vote counting.

Article 17. Inspection of Voters Lists by Voters

1. A precinct election commission shall make the voters lists available to voters for inspection and additional correction not later than 20 days before voting day.

2. A Russian Federation citizen entitled to an active electoral right may state to a precinct election commission that he has not been put on the voters list and inform the commission about any error or inaccuracy in his data entered in the voters list. Within 24 hours and, on voting day, within two hours after such statement is made and not later than the time when voting ends, a precinct election commission shall check the statement and the submitted documents and shall either correct the error or inaccuracy or give the voter a written answer indicating the reasons why the statement was rejected.

3. The decision of a precinct election commission to include or not to include a citizen in the voters list may be appealed in the higher election commission or in a court (at the place where the precinct election commission is located) and these bodies must consider the complaint (statement) within three days or immediately, if the complaint was filed within three days before or on voting day. In the event of a decision in favor of the applicant, a precinct election commission shall immediately make the necessary correction in the voters list.

4. Each Russian Federation citizen may inform a precinct election commission of changes in the voter data entered in the voters list of the given electoral precinct in accordance with Clause 8, Article 15 of this Federal Law.

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