Legislative elections 2024: clothes, photos, discussions… what you are allowed or not to do in the polling stations

This Sunday, July 7, 2024, the polling stations opened at 8 a.m. for the second round of the legislative elections. And while voting is a very simple process, there are a few rules to keep in mind to ensure that everything goes well.

There are a few rules to keep in mind. 49 million voters are called upon this Sunday to vote for their candidates in order to elect 501 deputies. 76 passed in the first round.

Where can I vote ?

You cannot choose your polling station, it depends on your registration on the electoral lists and the address with which you registered. Generally, a polling station brings together between 800 and 1,000 voters maximum.

Offices are open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., or even at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. in large cities (information available from the prefectures). "However, if a voter entered the polling station before the closing time, he/she may insert his/her envelope into the ballot box after this time", specifies the Ministry of the Interior.

Note that the presidents of the polling stations (mayor, municipal elected officials, voters of the municipality chosen by the councilor), have civil and military authorities. They are required to ensure the smooth running of the vote. "He can expel any voter who disrupts or slows down voting or counting operations", indicates the Ministry of the Interior. Each office must have two assessors and a secretary, responsible for drawing up the minutes.

How to vote?

If you live in a municipality with more than 1,000 inhabitants, you must have an identity document, otherwise, the electoral card is sufficient. The voting process begins with the collection of at least two ballots and an envelope.

Then, the voter must enter a voting booth to put their choice in the envelope. Finally, he has his identity verified and places his ballot in the ballot box, before signing a signature sheet.

And the voting booth?

It is imperative to enter the voting booth to insert your ballot into the envelope: "Passing through the voting booth voting booth is obligatory in all cases in order to guarantee the secret and personal nature of the vote, indicates the Ministry of the Interior.

Voters who refuse are exposed to a sanction of up to 15,000 euros fine and one year imprisonment, as well as the refusal of their vote. Generally, children and animals are tolerated in the voting booth, provided they do not cause any disorder, as are disabled people who need a third party.

Can I take photos?

It is recommended to avoid taking photos in the voting booth. Indeed, "nothing can guarantee that this publication was not required, in particular by pressure", notes the < em>ministry of the Interior. Such a gesture could, at the discretion of the president of the polling station, result in the invalidity of the ballot.

How do I make sure my ballot is valid?

It would be a shame to invalidate your ballot… To avoid this, no more flourishes, no drawings, don't write anything and don't sign anything on your ballot or on the envelope. Only enter one ballot in the envelope. To vote blank, simply do not slip anything inside.

How to dress myself?

The only rule regarding dress is that it does not prevent identity checks. Otherwise, clothing freedom is the same as elsewhere. Religious symbols are allowed.

On the other hand, specifies France Info, it is prohibited to wear clothing with a message to political character, in support of a candidate or not. Furthermore "entry to the voting room is also prohibited to any voter carrying a weapon".

Can I talk while waiting in line?

The secret is the key word, so it is better to refrain from interacting with people who make the tail. And above all, we must not talk politics: "All discussions and all deliberations of voters are prohibited inside the polling stations", sets the Electoral Code. The penalty incurred is a fine of 15,000 euros and one year of imprisonment.

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