Election Day in Turkey: Ballots, Watchdogs, and Fraud
After many turbulent weeks of campaigning amid protests, charges of corruption, and online censorship, election day finally arrived in Turkey. People in Istanbul had been talking about it like the season finale of some exhaustive, all-encompassing soap opera. VICE News accompanied a citizen watchdog group called Vote & Beyond as it monitored the elections. This helped us access three polling stations around the city, as well as one of the city's main election centers. What we found was a largely analog election process vulnerable to all kinds of voter fraud. A positive effect of the protests, however, is that they have inspired organizations like Vote & Beyond to combat the cheating with a new level of diligence.