Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on September 29 that he was working, “under the authority” of the President of the Republic, to introduce this voting method for the post-presidential and legislative elections of 2022.
On September 29, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin spoke to Jean-Jacques Bourdin on RMC-BFMTV about remote voting, a “difficult question” on which he said he was working.
The minister in charge of the organization of the polls first indicated that the postal vote would not be implemented during the next presidential and legislative elections, for lack of time.
The President of the Republic, in his program, said he was in favor of remote voting
“I know you are against but …”, then retorted Jean-Jacques Bourdin. Gérald Darmanin explained the situation in these terms: “The President of the Republic, in his program, said he was in favor of remote voting, that’s it. So I am working, under his authority, to set up remote voting. ”
The former mayor of Tourcoing then recalled that postal voting had been abrogated in 1975, and specified that “distance voting is not quite postal voting”. “It is a difficult question because we must verify the identity of the person who votes”, also declared the minister, before affirming to be attached to the “solitary character” of the vote. “Your husband, your parish priest, your children, your community must not see what you vote and force you to vote for something,” he explained.
On June 21, faced with the scale of abstention (66.1%) in the first round of regional and departmental elections, Christophe Castaner, former Minister of the Interior and president of the LREM group in the National Assembly, and Stanislas Guérini, general delegate of the presidential party, had revived the debate on electronic or postal voting.
In November 2020, Gérald Darmanin had swept away this possibility for the regional ones, speaking of “a false good idea” because “the reasons which led to abandon the postal vote in 1975 remain valid today: the risk of fraud is too high” .