While the National Assembly is preparing to examine in plenary the modalities of the 2022 presidential election, non-attached deputies have tabled an amendment aimed at extending postal voting to the entire electorate.
Will we be able to vote by mail in France during the 2022 presidential election? This is what would allow, if voted, an amendment tabled on January 15, 2021 by eight non-attached deputies who left the majority group.
While the Assembly must examine in plenary session, on January 19, the draft organic law relating to the election of the President of the Republic, amendment number 6 of article 2 proposed by these deputies aims to “d ‘extend the possibility for the presidential election of 2022 to vote by mail to any person registered on an electoral list, under conditions allowing to respect the secret and personal nature of the vote and the sincerity of the ballot ”. Initially, article 2 that these eight deputies wish to amend proposes to open only postal voting to people in detention during the next presidential election.
Parliamentarians justify this approach by “an uncertain health context” and a measure which could “facilitate access to the vote by all citizens”. The author of this proposal is close to Nicolas Hulot, the deputy of Maine-et-Loire Matthieu Orphelin, who left the Republic on the march in February 2019.
A controversial amendment
This proposed amendment did not go unnoticed. Thus, the director of Issep and former member of the National Rally, Marion Maréchal, spoke of a ” [qui] has something to challenge, ”recalling that this device has been accused in the United States by Donald Trump and his supporters of facilitating electoral fraud.
Deputies took advantage of a bill allowing inmates to vote by mail to introduce an amendment opening this possibility to the entire population. After the serious suspicions of fraud in the USA via this practice, the approach has something to challenge … pic.twitter.com/4aGReOHfJY
– Marion Maréchal (@MarionMarechal) January 16, 2021
A concern shared by the president of the Patriots, Florian Philippot, who protests on Twitter: “No need to draw you a picture: you understand!”
Concerned about your health of course, very very worried by the Covid, members of the majority tabled an amendment … to introduce postal voting in the presidential election of 2022.
No need to draw you a picture: you understand! … https: //t.co/zvWZpme5nb
– Florian Philippot (@f_philippot) January 16, 2021
“We are preparing a popular reaction on the theme of the stolen election for the next presidential election,” warns entrepreneur Fabrice Epelboin.
On November 5, Senator LREM from Hauts-de-Seine, Xavier Lacovelli, also unsuccessfully submitted a bill to authorize postal voting in France. An initiative that had also sparked controversy, while postal voting was the subject of controversy in the United States, where it was very common during the presidential election due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also in November, the French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, described postal voting as “a false good idea”, arguing in particular that “the reasons which led to abandoning postal voting in 1975 remain valid today. hui: the risk of fraud is too high ”.