VOTE PLACE. The first round of the presidential election ends in a few hours this Sunday, April 10, 2022. What time does your polling station close? Practical information and full timetables.
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[Mis à jour le 10 avril 2022 à 18h30] The first round of the presidential election ends in a few hours. This Sunday, April 10, nearly 50 million voters are invited to go to the polls to choose from the twelve candidates vying to gain access to the Elysée. And latecomers should be quick to get to their polling station before it closes. It is no longer possible to vote after 7 p.m. in most towns in France. However, the largest cities in France are playing extra time: the polling stations in Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes and Nice close at 8 p.m.
HAS 5 p.m., the turnout for this first round of the presidential election was 65%. However, this figure will still evolve before the result this evening since the polling stations close at the beginning of the evening. If you haven’t had time to vote yet, it’s still not too late to go to the polls this Sunday, April 10, 2022. In Paris, for example, where the turnout at 5 p.m. reached only 52.17 % according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, the closure is scheduled for 8 p.m., as in most large cities. However, the majority of municipalities in France will see their polling stations close at 7 p.m.
Should we turn back if there is a queue just before the polls close? If you arrived before 7:00 p.m. (or 8:00 p.m. for major cities) and you are queuing while the vote is still in progress, you will be able to vote, even if you are still in the queue past the fateful hour. However, people arriving after closing time will not be able to deposit their ballot in the ballot box for this first round of the presidential election. The counting will then begin when the last voters who arrived before the closing time have voted.
Who will be present in the second round scheduled for April 24? You can vote in a polling station or go through a power of attorney that you had to fill out and register before Saturday evening, April 9. But beware: even if all municipalities have at least one polling station, it is not possible to show up just anyhow. How to know your polling station? Its opening hours? Are there papers to present to be able to vote? How is the vote organised? We give you all the necessary information below. You can also access this practical information directly via our search engine above.
Between those in France (all territories combined) and those open abroad, approximately 70,000 polling stations will be open for the presidential election. Linternaute offers you a complete and free service to identify a polling station via a search engine and access the addresses and timetables for this presidential election.
Find a polling station
Even if the registration on the electoral lists is validated, you have to go and vote in a very specific office and not anywhere. Indeed, several offices are open in the municipalities to bring together voters residing in the same geographical area. Each polling station generally does not exceed 1,000 voters. Not sure where yours is? Do not panic. The number and address is written on your electoral card, inside, at the top.
What are the opening hours of my polling station?
For the 2022 presidential election, as for all other elections, it has been possible to go and vote since 8 hours. In mainland France, all polling stations opened at the same time on Sunday morning. On the other hand, in certain overseas territories, voters were called to the polls earlier, from Saturday from 8 a.m. These are those registered in Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and French Polynesia. The same is also true for French nationals living abroad registered on the American continent.
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What is the closing time of my polling station?
Not all polling stations close at the same time on election day. Differences exist in the big cities, on prefectural order. In the vast majority of cities, polling stations close their doors at 19 ‘o clock on Sunday. However, the metropolises are playing extra time until 8 p.m., as in Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes or Nice. A differentiation made due to a larger number of voters in these territories. The same is true for the voters of Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and French Polynesia, summoned from Saturday. Voting generally closes at 7 p.m. local time, although the Minister of Foreign Affairs may extend the closing time in some territories to a maximum of 8 p.m.
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What documents do I need to present in order to vote?
Before being able to slip a ballot into the ballot box, it is necessary, in most municipalities, to have to prove one’s identity to those responsible for the polling stations. However, presenting your electoral card is not obligatory. An identity document may be sufficient, such as his identity card, his passport, his vital card with photograph, his disability card or his driving license. It should also be noted that in cities with less than 1,000 inhabitants, it is however not compulsory to present any identity document in order to be able to vote. “But in case of doubt, the president of the polling station can ask you to prove your identity by any means”, specifies the administration.
Do you have to wear a mask to vote?
The last elections organized in France, whether municipal or departmental and regional, had been marked by the implementation of a strict health protocol with respect for physical distancing, hand washing or even wearing the mask. This time, for the 2022 presidential election, wearing a mask and physical distancing rules are not mandatory in polling stations, but wearing a mask remains strongly recommended for the elderly, immunocompromised, chronically ill and frail, as well as for their carers, symptomatic people, people with high-risk contact cases and people who have tested positive for Covid-19, up to 7 days after their release from isolation.
Also, the health pass will not be compulsory: proof of vaccination, certificate of recovery or result of a negative virological test, none of these documents will be required when you go to the polling station. They will also not be imposed for the personnel of the organization. For vulnerable people, it will also be possible to request priority access from outside the polling station.
Finally, the number of voters per polling station is not limited. However, access to the polling station can be regulated and entry and exit must be separated to avoid crowded situations. A hand washing point or hydro-alcoholic gel will be made available to voters at two separate points in order to avoid the crossing of flows. The material made available to voters (pens, storage, ballot boxes, voting booths) will be cleaned frequently during the ballot and the polling station will be aired very regularly. Self-tests will be made available to people taking part in the organization or the running of the ballot who wish to do so.