World Soon “voting machines” in France? The government wants to introduce advance polling in 2022

01:45  17 february  2021
01:45  17 february  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Bientôt des « machines à voter » en France ? Le gouvernement veut instaurer le vote par anticipation en 2022 © Copyright 2021, L'Obs

The government tabled on Tuesday February 16 in the Senate an amendment intended to allow advance voting for the presidential election of 2022, which would constitute a first in France if it is adopted by parliamentarians.

This amendment added at the last moment to a text on the technical organization of the presidential ballot provides for advance voting in certain offices, via a voting machine, on a "date fixed by decree, during the week preceding the poll", indicates amendment.

Voters will be able, according to the text, "ask to vote in another municipality of their choice from a list of municipalities decided by the Minister of the Interior". The technical text on the presidential election, already adopted by the National Assembly in January, is due to be submitted Thursday in open session to the right-wing majority Senate.

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"Totally opposed to the French tradition"

Previously, the amendment will have been examined on Wednesday by the Law Committee, which should reject it, according to the senatorial majority. It will then be presented to the vote of all the senators the next day.

As soon as the text was tabled, LR senator chairman Bruno Retailleau told AFP that there was "no way the Senate could lend a hand to this kind of political maneuver".

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"We are strongly opposed to it. First, it's an amendment, which allows the government to go under the radar of the Council of State, and out of full parliamentary discussion. [...] Then, for the presidential election which is the keystone of our institutions, we cannot do things in a hurry "


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"An advance poll is totally opposed to the French tradition [...] it is a staggering amendment which shows the government's lightness on democratic principles", concluded Bruno Retailleau.

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Same tone among the centrists, whose leader Hervé Marseille called the amendment "UFO". "Everyone is pretty much convinced that we have to push this thing back," he told AFP. “The senatorial majority will not defer to a text like this one, under the conditions in which it happens. It's not even contempt anymore. "

"Let us be vigilant against the maneuvers of LREM which slyly wishes (again) to change the rules", added Senator LR Valérie Boyer on Twitter.

Former LREM deputy Matthieu Orphelin, for his part, declared himself in favor of advance voting but, he tweeted, "in real voting booths and ballot boxes, not on voting machines".

Florian Philippot (ex-FN) launched on Twitter: “Fraud alert! “The week before the election, voters would go to an office equipped with a voting machine, the count would take place on Sunday. What need to do that if not cheat ?! "

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