(CBS) Russia's election had all the signs of a real contest, opposition candidates, ballot boxes, registered voters.
This is what Russians call 'managed democracy'.
A system built to guarantee Vladimir Putin's victory.
Asked as he cast his vote this morning what kind of turnout he hoped for.
A confident-looking Putin answered, "enough to let me fulfill the role President".
There's been a huge effort to get out the vote.
In Moscow alone more than $800,000 have been spent on balloons and decorations the idea is to create an atmosphere of festive excitement.
And there are other incentives.
At this polling station in Moscow - voters could get a free blood test for cancer signs.
Some places laid out treats and in the Arctic, reindeer herders had their balloting booths delivered by helicopter.
There had been calls from the prominent anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny to boycott this election as a sham and some Russians will have stayed home on Election Day- disillusioned with the lack of choice.
But many more cast ballots.
This family posed proudly after they'd voted in front of a sign that says "we've chosen a president".
The majority of Russians have cast ballots for Vladimir Putin - which will return him to be the Kremlin's longest continuously-serving leader in Russian history.