Can a voter request his or her removal from the electoral rolls?
Verified 24 May 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)
If you are French, it is not possible to ask to be removed from the electoral lists of a town hall, because registration is mandatory in France. However, you can be automatically deleted in certain situations, especially if you apply to be registered on another electoral list (for example, that of another town hall...). If you are European, you can apply to be removed from the French electoral rolls.
Listed as a town hall
If you are registered to vote at a town hall, you cannot voluntarily request your cancelation, because registration on the voters' list is mandatory.
However, you can be automatically written off in any of the following situations:
- You are applying to be registered on the list of electors of another town hall (automatic cancelation of the oldest registration)
- Application for registration on a consular list of electors
- You lose the vote
- When you die
Change of municipality in France
Your registration in a new municipality automatically deletes your previous registration.
Wish to stop voting in France for European elections
If you are registered on the supplementary lists of electors in France to vote in the European elections, you must apply to be removed from those lists.
you can check your electoral registration in France using a online service.
It is essential to ask the City Hall for your dismissal in order to be able to vote in the European elections in another European Union (EU) countries.
You can make your request for cancelation throughout the year, but if you want to be canceled in the run-up to the next European elections, you have to make your request by 6e Friday before the election. The 2024 European elections will take place from 6 to 9 June, so you must apply before 26 April 2024.
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Entered on a consular list
A voter registered on a consular voters list can apply to be registered on a voters list of a town hall to vote in France. This re-registration will have the effect of automatically delisting him from the consular list on which he was previously registered.
If you are registered on a consular voters list, but you want to vote in France then of a forthcoming election (regional, departmental, local authorities), you must apply to be registered on the list of electors of a town hall.
This new registration will automatically delete your registration on the consular voters list. Indeed, a Frenchman residing abroad cannot be registered simultaneously on the electoral list of a town hall and on a consular list.
If you come back to live in France, you must apply to be registered on a mayor's list of voters. This new registration will delete your previous registration on the consular voters list.
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- Organic Law No. 76-97 of 31 January 1976 on the Consular Electoral Lists and the Voting of French Citizens Established Outside France for the Presidential ElectionsArticle 9
- Electoral Code: Articles L9 to L15-1Compulsory registration (Article L9)
- Electoral Code: Articles R1 to R6Electoral capacity
- Electoral Code: Articles L16 to L29Establishment and revision of the electoral lists
- Register of French outside France - Cancelation
- Verify your voter registration and polling station
- Consular registration in the register of French nationals established outside FranceService-Public.fr
- Elections: voting rights of European citizens in FranceService-Public.fr
- Vote of a Frenchman settled abroadService-Public.fr
- Consular List of ElectorsMinistry for Europe and Foreign Affairs