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Political elections: voting

Verified 16 February 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

On election day (or referendum day), the conduct of the electoral process is governed by precise rules, from the opening of the polling station to the proclamation of the results. To vote, you must go to the polling station shown on your electoral map. The polling station opens at 8:00. It closes at 6:00pm, but in some cities, this time can be postponed until 8:00pm.

Ballot

To find out the address of your polling station, you can use this online service:

Check your election registration and polling station

Hours

Presidential elections

It is possible to vote between 8am and 7pm.

A prefect's order may delay the start time or the end time, but may not exceed 8 p.m.

To find out the times of your polling station, contact your town hall:

Who shall I contact
Other

It is possible to vote between 8am and 6pm.

But a prefect's decree can delay or advance these hours. For example, in big cities, it is often possible to vote until 8:00 pm.

To find out the times of your polling station, contact your town hall:

Who shall I contact

Open to the public

The polling station is not an open place.

The only people who can enter are:

  • Persons holding the polling station
  • Voters voting at this office
  • Persons responsible for the control of voting operations

In addition, voters are subject to certain restrictions. They are not allowed to enter the polling station with a gun. Any discussion or deliberation of voters within the office is also prohibited.

The president of the polling station can have a voter expelled if he or she disturbs or slows down the electoral process.

Reminder

to vote, you must go to the polling station shown on your electoral map.

City of 1,000+

To vote, you must present:

Warning  

if you were registered on judge's decision (after a refusal to register or a wrongful cancellation), you must present this document.

Cities with less than 1,000 inhabitants

To vote, it is not mandatory to present a identification.

But if you are in doubt about your identity, the president of the polling station can ask you to prove your identity by any means.

Warning  

if you were registered on judge's decision (after a refusal to register or a wrongful cancellation), you must present this document.

The staff will verify that you are registered at the polling station.

You have to take an envelope.

You must then:

  • Take at least 2 ballots (to keep the election confidential)
  • Either use one of the newsletters sent to you at home

You have to go to the voting booth and then show up at the ballot box.

Office members verify your identity and make sure you only have one envelope. Then the ballot box is opened to allow you to enter the envelope. At this stage, you are the only person entitled to touch the envelope.

You then sign the drop-out list. If you are unable to do so, an elector of your choice may sign by registering

Voter cannot sign himself

.

The date of the vote is entered on your electoral map. Your card is then returned to you.

FYI  

if you have been left off the list of electors, you can go to court until the office closes.

Who shall I contact

The counting of votes shall begin at the close of the voting. It shall be conducted publicly by tellers requested during the day.

It is divided into several stages:

  • The members of the bureau count the outflows.
    The ballot box is open. The number of envelopes and the number of ballots without envelopes are verified and compared to the number of outflows.
  • The envelopes containing the ballots are grouped into packages of 100. Each packet is inserted into a large envelope. Large envelopes are concealed and signed by the President and at least 2 assistants.
  • The large envelopes are distributed between the counting tables and opened by the tellers.
  • 1to deputy returning officer opens each voting envelope. He unfolds the ballot and moves it to a 2d deputy returning officer reading it out loud and intelligible. The last 2 tellers record the number of votes on result sheets.
  • The tellers sign the result sheets. They hand them over to the office with ballots and envelopes that appeared to be of doubtful validity. The office then decides whether a ballot or an envelope is valid.

Minutes

The minutes shall be drawn up by the Secretary of the Bureau immediately after the count and in the presence of the electors.

It shall include the number of votes cast, the number of blank and void votes and the number of votes obtained by each candidate or list.

It records the progress of the proceedings, and possibly any complaints made by voters or delegates.

Proclamation of results

Once the minutes have been drawn up, the result shall be proclaimed in public by the President of the Bureau and posted in the voting room.

It shows the following information:

  • Number of registered voters
  • Number of Voters
  • Votes cast
  • Votes (number of votes) collected by each candidate or list

FYI  

one blank or null vote is counted in the number of voters, but not in the votes cast.

Voting with a voting machine

To find out the address of your polling station, you can use this online service:

Check your election registration and polling station

Hours

Presidential elections

It is possible to vote between 8am and 7pm.

A prefect's order may delay the start time or the end time, but may not exceed 8 p.m.

To find out the times of your polling station, contact your town hall:

Who shall I contact
Other

It is possible to vote between 8am and 6pm.

But a prefect's decree can delay or advance these hours. For example, in big cities, it is often possible to vote until 8:00 pm.

To find out the times of your polling station, contact your town hall:

Who shall I contact

Open to the public

The polling station is not an open place.

The only people who can enter are:

  • Persons holding the polling station
  • Voters voting at this office
  • Persons responsible for the control of voting operations

In addition, voters are subject to certain restrictions. They are not allowed to enter the polling station with a gun. Any discussion or deliberation of voters within the office is also prohibited.

The president of the polling station can have a voter expelled if he or she disturbs or slows down the electoral process.

Reminder

to vote, you must go to the polling station shown on your electoral map.

City of 1,000+

To vote, you must present:

Warning  

if you were registered on judge's decision (after a refusal to register or a wrongful cancellation), you must present this document.

Cities with less than 1,000 inhabitants

To vote, it is not mandatory to present a identification.

But if you are in doubt about your identity, the president of the polling station can ask you to prove your identity by any means.

Warning  

if you were registered on judge's decision (after a refusal to register or a wrongful cancellation), you must present this document.

The staff will verify that you are registered at the polling station.

Office members verify your identity.

You then have to go to the voting booth and vote by selecting the number that corresponds to your choice (list, candidate, white vote).

You then sign the drop-out list. If you are unable to do so, an elector of your choice may sign by registering

Voter cannot sign himself

.

Finally, the date of the election is displayed on your card returned to you.

FYI  

if you have been left off the list of electors, you can go to court until the office closes.

Who shall I contact

The counting does not take place. The result of the votes is known instantly.

Minutes

The minutes shall be drawn up by the Secretary of the Bureau immediately.

It shall include the following information:

  • Number of votes cast (all votes minus blank votes)
  • Number of blank votes (no candidate, list of candidates...)
  • Number of votes obtained by each candidate or list

It shall record the conduct of voting and any complaints made by voters or delegates.

Proclamation of results

Once the minutes have been drawn up, the result shall be proclaimed in public by the President of the Bureau and posted in the voting room.

It shows the following information:

  • Number of electors registered on the electoral roll
  • Number of voters (all votes)
  • Votes cast (all votes minus blank votes)
  • Votes collected (number of votes) for each candidate or list

FYI  

a blank vote (no candidate name or list of candidates...) is counted in the number of voters, but not in the votes cast.