Palpable during the campaign, in recent weeks, the confusion among voters between the regional and departmental elections is found in the polling stations, this Sunday, June 20. “A large number of voters seem to discover that there are two votes”, observed a candidate’s campaign team at midday.
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An observation confirmed by several assessors contacted by The cross. “We must indeed explain that there are two separate votes. A lot of people are a little surprised ”, indicates Mattéo, assessor in a polling station in Mérignac (Gironde). “Despite the presence of a reception agent who gives the instructions for the first time, it is indeed necessary to be vigilant to properly guide voters in the procedure. We had several people who discovered that there were two simultaneous ballots “, also testifies Gildas posted in Plougonvelin (Finistère).
In addition to the very existence of two ballots, polling station staff must guide voters through a more complex route than usual, since it is necessary to pass in succession twice in the voting booth and in front of two ballot boxes. “Fortunately our colleagues who take care of the departmental tell people not to leave immediately because there is a second vote, otherwise, some would leave without voting for the regional ones”, assures Fanny, who works in a polling station in Lambersart (North). “We arrested a lady who was going to put an envelope in the wrong ballot box. And also a voter who complained of not finding the ballot of the candidate of the presidential majority, while the majority does not have a candidate in the canton… ”, lists Fanny.
Few young people
Vigilance and pedagogy are therefore on the agenda for assessors, helped in this task by the low flow of voters. As of noon, turnout stood at just 12.22% nationwide and none of the polling stations joined by The cross did not exceed 17%. In addition, the assessors all make the same observation, summarized by Mattéo: “There are a lot of old people and few young people”. “The only young people of 18 or 20 that I saw were accompanied by their parents”, says Fanny.
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And after difficulties encountered everywhere to find assessors – it takes more than usual because of the two simultaneous ballots – they are currently facing another recruitment difficulty: that of volunteers for the count.