1970 Soviet Union legislative election

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1970 Soviet Union legislative election

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All 1517 seats to the Soviet Supreme Soviet
  First party Second party
Leader Leonid Brezhnev
Party CPSU Independent
Leader since 14 October 1964
Seats won 1096 421
Percentage 72.2% 27.8%

Chairman of the Council of Ministers before election

Alexei Kosygin

Elected Chairman of the Council of Ministers

Alexei Kosygin

Elections to the Supreme Soviet were held in the Soviet Union on 14 June 1970.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

Candidates had to be nominated by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) or by a public organisation.[2] However, all public organisations were controlled by the party and were subservient to a 1931 law that required them to accept party rule.[2] The CPSU itself remained the only legal one in the country.[3]

Voters could vote against the CPSU candidate, but could only do so by using polling booths, whereas votes for the party could be cast simply by submitting a blank ballot.[2] Turnout was required to be over 50% for the election to be valid.[2]


CPSU candidates accounted for around three quarters of the nominees, whilst many of the others were members of Komsomol.[4]


Party Soviet of the Union Soviet of Nationalities
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Communist Party of the Soviet Union 152,771,739 99.7 562 152,843,228 99.8 534
Independents 205 216
Against 400,054 0.3 328,544 0.2
Invalid/blank votes 420 441
Total 153,172,213 100 767 153,172,213 100 750
Registered voters/turnout 153,237,112 100 153,237,112 100
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1642 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c d Nohlen & Stöver, p1630
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1654
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1631