who votes in which election?

who votes in which election?
who votes in which election?

The French will not have one but two good reasons to travel to vote on June 20 and 27: indeed, for the first time this year, regional and departmental elections are being held simultaneously.

However, not all voters are affected by these two ballots: if almost all of them (more than 45 million) will elect their regional council, 2.7 million voters registered on the lists will not be affected by departmental elections. For the voters of Corsica, Guyana and Martinique, it will be a matter of voting for the representatives of their single territorial assembly.

Which poll will you take part in?

Which territories will vote for regional and territorial elections?

  • The twelve metropolitan regions resulting from the 2016 redistribution.
  • Corsica, Guyana and Martinique, as single local authorities exercising departmental and regional powers.
  • Guadeloupe and Reunion, which have both the status of a department and an overseas region.
Read also Voting system, political issues, areas of competence: how regional elections work

Which territories will vote for the departmental elections?

  • All the inhabitants of metropolitan departments, with the exception of those of the City of Paris and of the Greater Lyon metropolitan area, who exercise departmental powers in their territory. The departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin will vote for the European Collectivity of Alsace, a unique collectivity resulting from their merger since 1is January.
  • Mayotte is also a unique community exercising the powers of the overseas departments and regions. This is managed by the departmental council of Mayotte. It is therefore within the framework of the departmental elections that the Mahorais will be called to the polls in June, and not the regional ones.
  • Guadeloupe and Reunion, which have both the status of a department and an overseas region.
Read also Voting system, political balance and impact on daily life … how departmental elections work

Which territories will not vote at all at the end of June?

Voters from New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and Wallis-et-Futuna will not vote, as will French nationals living abroad registered on a list consular.

How many voters for each ballot?

Of all French voters (47.5 million), 96.3% are affected by one, the other or both ballots. They will be exactly 45,704,504 to elect their regional council and 43,037,830 their departmental council.

The 2,751,974 voters who will participate solely in the regional election are made up of the 1,314,015 registered voters from the City of Paris, 797,640 from the Greater Lyon metropolis and the 640,000 voters from Corsica, Guyana and Martinique (238 respectively 641, 97,322 and 304,356 people).

Only 85,300 Mahorais voters will participate only in the departmental ballot, while 1,756,153 registered voters are not affected by either of these two elections, the vast majority because of their registration on consular lists for French people living abroad (1,308,646 persons), and for the remaining 447,507 due to the special status of the overseas collectivity in which they reside.

0.2% of registered voters, or 85 & nbsp300 voters.Only Mayotte is in this configuration.

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Will not vote

3.7% of registered voters, or 1 & nbsp756 & nbsp153 voters.These are voters registered on consular lists as well as those registered in St. Barthelemy, St. Martin, St. Pierre and Miquelon, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna.

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Statement based on the last update of the INSEE single electoral register published on February 14, 2020 (February 28, 2019 for those registered on the New Caledonian lists); the figures for the upcoming elections will be published in June.

Romain Imbach and Maxime Ferrer

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