Sunday, 9 March 2008

Aux urnes citoyen(ne)s - waiting for the results

So we have done our civic duty.
In France you don't put a cross on a ballot but you take the lists from the table together with a small blue envelope which says République française on it and you then fold a copy of the list you're voting into the envelope and put this into the completely transparent ballot box. Before you do that you have to present your voting card and carte d'identité and then sign against your name.
It was only when I did this or the first time that I began to understand how votes in French elections are counted so quickly compared with in the UK.
The count takes place in public, maybe we'll go along later on this evening. However the important vote is next Sunday - always supposing Duty is not re-elected straight off!