Soviet Union legislative election, 1974

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Soviet Union legislative election, 1974
Soviet Union
1970 ←
16 June 1974 → 1979

All seats to the Soviet Supreme Soviet
  First party
Leader Leonid Brezhnev
Party CPSU
Leader since 14 October 1964
Seats won 562 (Soviet of the Union)
534 (Soviet of Nationalities)

Elected General Secretary

Leonid Brezhnev

Elections to the Supreme Soviet were held in the Soviet Union on 16 June 1974.[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 161,355,959 99.8 562 161,443,605 99.8 534
Independents 205 216
Against 333,569 0.2 245,918 0.2
Invalid/blank votes 84 89
Total 161,689,612 100 767 161,689,612 100 750
Registered voters/turnout 161,724,222 100 161,724,222 100
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