Presidentials 2022: Why Were 226,000 Voters Removed From the Electoral Lists?

ER Editor: Close to a quarter of a million French were removed from the electoral rolls before the first round of the presidential elections 9 days ago (the second and final round is this Sunday) according to this report. According to another report we published recently (see First Round of French Presidential Elections TODAY – Have Voter Shenanigans Already Happened?), these people won’t be able to be re-admitted to the rolls before the 2022 presidentials have been and gone, contrary to what the article below seems to imply.


Presidential 2022: why were 226,000 voters removed from the electoral lists?


226,962: this is the number of voters who were unable to vote in the first round of the 2022 presidential election. A significant figure which is explained by several failures.

“Loss of communal attachment” is the official reason for the removal of 226,962 voters since the regional elections of 2021 according to INSEE. As Le Parisien reports , most often these citizens have often discovered their situation when voting for the first round, Sunday April 10, 2022.

As the investigation of our colleagues explains, the removal from the electoral lists can have several causes. If the voter’s card does not arrive at its destination and gets returned to the sender, the citizen concerned may be deregistered. In this case, the municipalities have the obligation to ensure the real change of address of the person concerned, but very often the latter do not do so.

A bug in the software?

Several large cities have been affected by massive deregistration, such as Marseille, Lille and Strasbourg. These municipalities have often been the target of a “grooming” of the lists. A large-scale verification of the still existing presence of people on the territory of the municipality, which can lead to deregistration. The person responsible could be the REU file, a national file of people registered on the electoral lists.

Voters may have been removed without any notice, due to the automation of the cleaning of the electoral lists, in the REU file. According to Le Parisien, a bug in the software of Insee or that of the municipalities could be the cause of this stall. The administration refuses to invalidate or confirm the information of our colleagues.

What’s the solution?

For people removed from the lists, there is a solution: the local court (former district court). As Le Parisien details, deregistered citizens can appeal to the judge who rules, often the same day, in favor of re-registration on the lists. But not all voters have the patience to go to the latter to complete the procedure.




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2 Comments on Presidentials 2022: Why Were 226,000 Voters Removed From the Electoral Lists?

  1. Sorry to sound stupid, Roger, but here in France, you take a piece of paper with the name of the candidate on it, fold it and put it in the ballot box. Sure, you are checked on the municipal register as having voted (hand-written in front of you). But how do they know in this system who precisely you voted for? Thanks.

  2. It’s the same procedure here in Scotland, each vote has a number which corresponds and is written down by the clerk against your name, the establishment knows with my vote I always vote Scottish nationalist. (Ooh, they aren’t supposed to know, but why do you think the vote is numbered)?
    I have been the clerk, that’s how I know the process.
    We can also see how, in 2014, Westminster knew the results of the 2014 postal vote before it was counted. Hasn’t Ruth Davidson got a big mouth.
    Or how they can always circumvent the representation of the people’s act.
    Oligarchs win every election, democracy sovereignty since Dominion, Blackrock and MI5 and Thatcher, is a relic to racism bigotry and parochialism. We have never voted Tory, since 1954 and have always had a Tory government, and since the murder of John Smith, labour leader, labour is Tory and oligarchs, play thing, a guise in sheep’s clothing.

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