Romanians flock to polls

I’m writing this about 4 1/2 hours before the polls close. This morning, I accompanied my relatives to the polls held in the elementary school across the street.

I can report that business was brisk in that school, with several polls held there and a steady stream of couples and elderly folk.

There were lots of polling officials, and even police. They were there to enforce a few regulations, including a ban on pictures of the actual voting process.

So you wouldn’t be too surprised that I managed anyway to take a quick bad picture. It shows officials on the right, the ballot boxes in the middle (one for the lower house, one for the senate), and the private booths on the left, covered in flag coloured banners, where people try to figure out which party list to vote for. Each ‘ballot’ is a booklet of about a dozen pages.

Of interest is that every Romanian is issued an identity card, which must be shown in order to vote. It is scanned, and the fact that you have showed up to vote is stored centrally. And if you try to show a second time to vote, you are prevented. No wonder the international organizations are not keen to spend money to monitor the election process here…the Romanian election process seems to have some better safeguards than some countries countries we know.

As far as hard news goes, on election day before the polls close, there is really nothing to say. I can’t really tell if turnout is higher than normal, and exit poll results are banned until polling closes.

While the absence of content doesn’t prevent the news channels from yammering all day long, I will sign off until there are results!



4 thoughts on “Romanians flock to polls

  1. During stops in India and Thailand on my recent travels, I was reminded just how well technology has advanced in the production of fraudulent ID cards. Did their ID cards have a bar code? What other security features?


    1. Yes, good question. There are bar codes. I saw the cards, and there was a holograph. Plus one of the advantages of what a local paper calls a ‘landslide’ for the PSD, is that no one is questioning the result. It was similar to pre-election polls. To this amateur observer, the results seem to be an accurate reflection of what voters wanted.


  2. Where is that Romanian Observer now that the new Romanian government has decided to ease up on anti corruption laws? Really? One of the most corrupt countries in Europe just decided they should back off on their anti corruption rules. This seems to me to be just phenomenal and a huge step backwards. Europe should just turn off the Euro tap until this new government is brought to their senses.


  3. Yes, with 200,000 Romanians in the streets protesting these crazy decisions by the newly-elected PSD government, I wish I were back there observing. It’s worthy of note that even these protests can be linked back to Trump: one of the factors that kept even the PSD from openly defying the EU’s anti-corruption initiatives was the fact that the US government (through its ambassador) vocally identified corruption as a problem that Romania needed to fix. Now, with Trump, the PSD must figure that the US will stay silent. Good thing that there are lots of my cousins out there protesting in the cold!


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