Russian Election Results: How To Rig An Election

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RUSSIA ELECTIONS RIGGED
A man prepares to vote in the local elections in town of Khimki outside Moscow on October 14, 2012. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/GettyImages) | Getty Images
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MOSCOW -- As elections for governors, mayors and regional legislatures took place across Russia this weekend – and President Vladimir Putin's loyalists swept almost all the posts – independent observers registered an array of suspected violations.

It was par for the course in Russia, where standard techniques for manipulating elections include "carousel voting" and "spoiler candidates," as well as more common violations such as ballot box stuffing. The difficulties for opposition candidates also often start well before the campaign begins.

Here is a look at the various techniques that the Kremlin and its supporters have used in elections to help ensure the desired outcome.

Photo text courtesy AP.

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