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Elections: right to vote of a European citizen in France

Verified 16 June 2022 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of the Interior

If you are a European citizen and you reside in France, you can vote in France during municipal elections and European elections. To do this, you must ask to be registered on the French electoral lists.

You can vote in France municipal elections and European elections, under certain conditions.

Warning  

for the european elections, you do not have the right to vote in 2 European Union countries both.

You give proxy any voter registered in France to vote for you in the European or municipal elections.

But another voter registered in France may give you a proxy for vote for only in European or municipal elections.

To be eligible to vote in France, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a national of European Union countries (other than France)
  • Living in France
  • At least 18 years old on the eve of the 1to election round
  • Enjoy your civil and political rights in France and its country of origin

To vote, you must be registered on the French electoral lists. It's up to you to request it.

Where to register?

You can ask registered on the electoral lists only one of the following :

  • Home
  • Commune where you have lived for at least 6 months
  • The municipality where you are subject to local taxes (residential tax, property tax on built or non-built properties, company tax...) for at least 2 years
  • A municipality in which the business that has been subject to local taxes for at least 2 years is settled and in which you have been the manager (manager) or shareholder (majority or sole) for at least 2 years.
Apply

Application to do depends on the elections you want to vote in:

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European and municipal elections

You can make your application:

Online

You must apply to be registered on supplementary lists municipal and European elections of the same commune using this online service:

Online application for registration on the electoral lists

You must have a scanned version of the following documents:

Reminder

you must apply to be registered of the same commune.

On site
By yourself

You must go to the town hall with the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Reminder

you must apply to be registered of the same commune.

Through another person

You can ask someone to go to the town hall for you.

You must provide the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Reminder

you must apply to be registered of the same commune.

By mail

You must send the following documents to the town hall:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Reminder

you must apply to be registered of the same commune.

European elections

You can make your application:

Online

You must apply to be registered on the supplementary list European elections using this online service:

Online application for registration on the electoral lists

You must have scanned versions of the following documents:

On site
By yourself

You must go to the town hall with the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Through another person

You can ask someone to go to the town hall for you.

You must provide the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

By mail

You must send the following documents to the town hall:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Municipal elections

You can make your application:

Online

You must apply to be registered on the supplementary list municipal elections using this online service:

Online application for registration on the electoral lists

You must have scanned versions of the following documents:

On site
By yourself

You must go to the town hall with the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Through another person

You can ask someone to go to the town hall for you.

You must provide the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

By mail

You must send the following documents to the town hall:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

When to apply?

You can apply throughout the year.

But to be able to vote in an election year, you have to do that by 6e Friday before 1to ballot.

FYI  

if you have just moved in, this period can be extended to 10e day before 1to ballot, under certain conditions.

Case 1: you move to the same town

You must inform the town hall of your new address.

You can do this:

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Online

You must provide the scanned version of a supporting document from your new home and use this online service:

Online application for registration on the electoral lists

On site (by yourself or another person)

By yourself

You must provide the following documents:

Who shall I contact

Through another person

You can have someone do this for you.

To do this, you must provide the following documents:

Who shall I contact

By mail

You must send the following documents:

Who shall I contact

Case 2: you move to another community

You must apply to be registered in your new commune.

Application depends on the elections you want to vote in:

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European and municipal elections

You can make your application:

Online

You must apply to be registered on supplementary lists municipal and European elections of the same commune using this online service:

Online application for registration on the electoral lists

You must have a scanned version of the following documents:

Reminder

you must apply to be registered of the same commune.

On site
By yourself

You must go to the town hall with the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Reminder

you must apply to be registered of the same commune.

Through another person

You can ask someone to go to the town hall for you.

You must provide the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Reminder

you must apply to be registered of the same commune.

By mail

You must send the following documents to the town hall:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Reminder

you must apply to be registered of the same commune.

European elections

You can make your application:

Online

You must apply to be registered on the supplementary list European elections using this online service:

Online application for registration on the electoral lists

You must have scanned versions of the following documents:

On site
By yourself

You must go to the town hall with the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Through another person

You can ask someone to go to the town hall for you.

You must provide the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

By mail

You must send the following documents to the town hall:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Municipal elections

You can make your application:

Online

You must apply to be registered on the supplementary list municipal elections using this online service:

Online application for registration on the electoral lists

You must have scanned versions of the following documents:

On site
By yourself

You must go to the town hall with the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

Through another person

You can ask someone to go to the town hall for you.

You must provide the following documents:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

By mail

You must send the following documents to the town hall:

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

You can apply throughout the year.

But to be able to vote in an election year, you have to do that by 6e Friday before 1to ballot.

FYI  

if you have just moved in, this period can be extended to 10e day before 1to ballot, under certain conditions.

Case 3: you leave France

If you are registered on supplementary lists in France to vote in the European elections, you must ask to be removed from these lists.

FYI  

you can verify your electoral registration in France using online service.

Asking the mayor's office for your removal is essential to be able to vote in the European elections in another European Union (EU) .

You can make your application for cancellation throughout the year, but if you want to be cancelled in view of the next European elections, you have to make your application before 6e Friday preceding election date.

To find out the contact details of the town hall:

Who shall I contact

You receive a special election card.

Whether you are registered to vote in a single election in France, or in European and municipal elections, you receive only one card.

This card is valid only for voting in municipal and/or European elections.

You can check your registration and know your polling station using this online service:

Check your election registration and polling station

Voting shall take place within same conditions as for a French voter.

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