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Legislative: start of internet voting for French people living abroad

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French people in the 11 constituencies abroad will be able to choose four voting methods: at the ballot box, by proxy, by post or on the internet. Nearly 150 candidates are in the running. The ex-LREM deputy M’jid El Guerrab, sentenced for an attack, has given up running and supports Elisabeth Moreno, invested by the majority in the constituency of the French in the Maghreb and West Africa.

French people living abroad and registered on the consular electoral lists can vote by internet for the first round of the legislative elections from Friday 12:00 p.m. (Paris time) and until next Wednesday. Kicking off this key election, these voters abroad have a total of four voting methods: at the ballot box, by proxy, by internet and by post.

Internet voting is only authorized for French people living outside France, and only for legislative and consular elections. There are 11 constituencies covering the globe, and as many French deputies living abroad since 2012. Internet voting was implemented that year, but not in 2017 for the last legislative elections. It was a question of warding off possible cyberattacks, in the context of suspicions about the 2016 American election which had seen the victory of Donald Trump.

Nearly 150 candidates for the 11 constituencies of French people living abroad

Nearly 150 candidates in total are running this year in these 11 constituencies, but not all of them have filed a profession of faith or a ballot. Thus the ex-LREM deputy M’jid El Guerrab, recently sentenced for an attack, gave up running ten days ago and supports the former minister Elisabeth Moreno, invested by the majority in the constituency of the French of Maghreb and West Africa.

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It was “too late” for a withdrawal and “there will be no bulletin in my name”, he explained to AFP. On June 4, the first ballot will take place in French Polynesia and for French nationals living abroad who vote in embassies and consulates on the American continent. On June 5, it will be the turn of French people living abroad outside the American continent.

On June 11, the first round will take place in Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, in Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. And on June 12 the first round in mainland France, as well as in Mayotte, New Caledonia and Reunion, before a second round a week later.

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