Elections Moving to the Capital's Shopping Malls
Residents of Tallinn will be able to cast their votes in major shopping centers in the upcoming local elections.
Taking a lead from Tartu, which has set up polling stations in shopping centers since the 2007 general elections, the capital is planning polling stations in a number of shopping centers, including Viru, Solaris, Kristiine, Lasnamäe Centrum and Rocca al Mare, ETV reported on Wednesday.
Representatives of both the Center Party and the Reform Party welcomed the move, adding that it could boost voter turnout.
Tallinn City Council, which approved the plan, also decided to cut the number of polling stations in the city from 132 to 97, saying that the 16 stations in shopping centers will attract more people, decreasing the workload of other polling stations.