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Elections: voting rights of European citizens in France

Verified 05 août 2020 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of the Interior

A European citizen who resides in France has the right to vote in municipal elections and European elections provided he is registered on the French electoral roll. He cannot vote in other elections.

To be eligible to vote, he must meet all these conditions:

  • Be at least 18 years old on the eve of the 1to election round
  • Living in France
  • Be a national of countries of the European Union
  • Enjoying his civil and political rights

  FYI : since midnight on 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer a Member State of the European Union. As a result, British nationals have been removed from the French electoral roll and can no longer vote, give or receive a proxy.

A voter of another Member State of the European Union has only the right to vote in France for municipal elections and European elections..

  Please note : for the European elections, he must choose the country in which he will vote at the time of his registration, because he does not have the right to vote in 2 European Union countries at the same time.

It is possible to register on the complementary electoral list of the municipality:

  • where your home is located
  • where you have been for at least 6 months
  • or where you have been liable for local taxes (housing tax, property tax on built or unbuilt properties, business property tax) for at least 2 years
  • or where is installed the company subjected for at least 2 years to local taxes and of which you are for at least 2 years the manager (manager) or the shareholder (majority or sole).

To vote in France, you must apply to be registered:

  • On the complementary electoral lists of the municipal and European elections of the same municipality.. You will then vote in France for each of these elections.
  • Only on the complementary electoral list of municipal elections (you will then only vote in France for municipal elections) or only on the supplementary electoral list of the European elections (you will then only vote in France for the European elections).

Online

Application to register on the electoral roll

Ministry of the Interior

Accessible with a service-public.fr account or via France Connect, and provided you are at least 18 years old.

You must have scanned versions of these documents:

Onsite (yourself or someone representing you)

By yourself

You must go to the town hall with these documents:

Documents required for registration on supplementary electoral lists

For municipal elections

For the European elections

- Form cerfa 12670 (to download or fill in on site)

- Form cerfa 12671 (to download or fill in on site)

- Your valid ID: national identity card or passport or residence permit

- Your proof of residence

Who shall I contact

Through another person

You can ask someone to do this in the town hall for you.

To do this, you must provide it with:

Documents required for registration on supplementary electoral lists

For the European elections

For municipal elections

- Form cerfa 12671 (to download or fill in on site)

- Form cerfa 12670 (to download or fill in on site)

- Your valid ID: national identity card or passport or residence permit

- Your proof of residence

- A written and signed document attesting that you give him this power

Who shall I contact

By mail

You must send these documents to the town hall:

Documents required for registration on supplementary electoral lists

For municipal elections

For the European elections

To participate in 2 elections

Form cerfa 12670 application (to download and print)

Form cerfa 12671 application (to download and print)

- Form cerfa 12671 application (to download and print)

- Form cerfa 12670 application (to download and print)

Photocopying a proof of residence

Photocopying a proof of residence

Copy of a dayproof of domicile

Photocopy of valid ID: national identity card or passport or residence permit

Photocopy of valid ID: national identity card or passport or residence permit

Photocopy of valid ID: national identity card or passport or residence permit

Who shall I contact

It is possible to register all year round.

However, in order to vote in an election year, this process must be completed before a deadline:

  • by 6e Friday before 1to ballot
  • but in certain situations, this period shall be extended until 10e day before 1to ballot

It is possible to check his electoral registration and know his polling station..

The European voter receives a special election card. Whether he is registered to vote in a single election in France, or for the European and municipal elections, he receives only one card.

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

Voting takes place in the same conditions as for a French voter..

A European citizen who chooses to vote in France for the European elections automatically loses the right to vote for that election in another European Union (EU) countries ..

To regain his right to vote in another EU country, he must ask the mayor's office to remove him from the supplementary list.

  FYI : since midnight on 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer a Member State of the European Union. As a result, British nationals were automatically removed from the French electoral roll on the 1stto February 2020.

Who shall I contact