VOTE PLACE. On Sunday April 10 and 24, you will be called to your polling station to elect the next president of the republic. What time do you have to go to the polling station? How to find his? We give you all the practical information for this vote.
[Mis à jour le 6 avril à 10h57] Five years after the last presidential election, the French have to go to the polls again to elect the next president of the republic, on Sunday 10 and 14 April 2022. Every municipality has at least one polling station. In mainland France, in the DROM-COM (ex DOM-TOM) and even abroad, all voters will be able to move or give a proxy to appoint the President of the Republic for the next five years. However, it is not possible to present yourself everywhere and anyway. So, how do you know your polling station? What are the opening hours? Do papers have to be submitted in order to vote? How is it organized? We will call you with all the necessary information.
Between those in France (all areas combined) and those abroad, about 70,000 polling stations will be open for the presidential election. Linternaute offers you a complete and free service to identify a polling station and access the addresses and times for these presidential elections: just go on this page dedicated to the polling station that is open for the elections†
Even if the registration on the electoral rolls has been validated, you have to vote in a very specific office and not somewhere. Indeed, several offices have been opened in the municipalities to bring together voters living in the same geographical area. Each polling station generally has no more than 1,000 voters. Not sure where yours is? Do not panic. The number and address are on your dial card, inside, at the top.
What are the opening hours of the polling stations?
In front of’presidential election 2022As with all other elections, it is possible to vote from 8am. In metropolitan France, all polling stations open simultaneously on Sunday morning. On the other hand, in certain overseas territories, voters are called to the polls earlier on Saturdays from 8am. These are those registered in Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and French Polynesia. The same also applies to French citizens who live abroad and who are registered on the American continent.
What is the closing time of the polling stations?
Not all polling stations close at the same time on Election Day. There are differences in the major cities, in departmental order. In the vast majority of cities, polling stations close at 7 p.m. on Sundays. However, the metropolises play the expansions until 8 pm, such as in Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes or Nice. Made a differentiation because of a larger number of voters in these areas. The same goes for the voters of Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and French Polynesia, called up from Saturday. Voting closes at 7 p.m. local time, although the Secretary of State can extend the closing time in certain areas for up to 8 p.m.
Do you want to know the closing time of your polling station? Simply type the name or zip code of your municipality in the search bar below.
What documents do I need to submit to vote?
Before being able to put a ballot in the ballot box, in most municipalities it is necessary to identify yourself with those responsible at the polling stations. However, it is not mandatory to show your voter card. An identity document may be sufficient, such as his identity card, his passport, his vital card with photo, his disabled card or his driver’s license. It should also be noted that in cities with less than 1,000 inhabitants, however, it is not mandatory to show proof of identity in order to vote. “But in case of doubt, the president of the polling station can ask you to prove your identity in any way possible,” the administration says.
Do you have to wear a face mask to vote?
The last elections organized in France, whether municipal or departmental and regional, were marked by the implementation of a strict health protocol respecting physical distancing, washing hands or even wearing the mask. This time, for the 2022 presidential election, mask-wearing and physical distancing rules will not be mandatory in polling stations, but mask-wearing remains highly recommended for the elderly, immunocompromised, chronically ill and frail, as well as their caregivers, symptomatic people, high-risk contact cases and people who have tested positive for Covid-19, up to 7 days after their release from isolation.
The health pass is also not mandatory: proof of vaccination, certificate of recovery or result of a negative virological test, you do not need any of these documents when you go to the polling station. They are also not imposed on the personnel of the organization. Vulnerable people will also be able to request priority from outside the polling station.
Finally, the number of voters per polling station is not limited. However, access to the polling station can be arranged and entrance and exit must be separated to avoid crowds. To prevent the flows from crossing each other, a hand washing point or hydroalcoholic gel will be made available to voters at two separate points. The materials made available to voters (pens, filing cabinets, ballot boxes, polling booths) will be cleaned frequently during the vote and the polling station will be broadcast very regularly. Self-tests will be made available for people participating in the organization or conducting the poll who wish to do so.