90% Vote for Sovereignty in East Ukraine: Rebels
Referendum not monitored by independent observers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2014 5:30 PM CDT
A Ukranian woman casts her vote in a booth at a polling station in the center of Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday May 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

(Newser) – Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine say preliminary results of a contentious referendum show nearly 90% of voters have supported sovereignty for their region. Roman Lyagin, election chief of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic, said around 75% of the region's 3 million voters cast ballots today. With no independent observers monitoring the vote, however, verifying the figures will prove problematic, the AP notes. The referendum took place amid sustained condemnation from the central government in Kiev and the Western community.

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May 12, 2014 10:18 AM CDT
I'll just leave this here. http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2014/05/05/putins-human-rights-council-accidentally-posts-real-crimean-election-results-only-15-voted-for-annexation/ Putin's 'Human Rights Council' Accidentally Posts Real Crimean Election Results
May 12, 2014 9:04 AM CDT
Now we know why Putin called for a delay - he saw the writing on the wall, this was a disorganized, lopsided, strong-armed farce of a vote. He pulled it off in Crimea because it had an air of legitimacy and the will of the people seemed obvious and virtually overwhelming (notwithstanding black ops meddling and breaking treaties). By comparison, this looks like a bunch of yokels in balaclavas with machine guns setting up a table with a stack of copy paper and a box of pens and calling it a "vote". And, what we know of public opinion in this region is that it's much more divided than in Crimea.
May 12, 2014 2:29 AM CDT
They need to have a voter id law !!! Oh wait, we in the US don't even verify our voters identity ...