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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Election Board Mulls Midweek Vote

Russia's election commission is considering holding an eventual second round of presidential voting in the middle of the week to attract voters, an official in the Yeltsin administration said Monday.


No date has yet officially been set for a second round, which would be required if no candidate won the 50 percent plus one required for victory in the first round June 16.


Until now, the date considered for a second round was July 7, which is a Sunday and the traditional day for holding elections in Russia.


But in the summer, millions of Russians spend weekends at their dachas or country homes.


As a result, officials are considering scheduling a second round on July 3, a Wednesday, said Sergei Filatov, a top official in Boris Yeltsin's campaign.


Many of Yeltsin's supporters are more well off, and more likely to be in the country than backers of Communist candidate Gennady Zyuganov.