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Regional and departmental 2021: polling stations have opened for the second round


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The polling stations have opened for the second round of regional and departmental elections which take place on Sunday in France. Two votes, a strict health protocol, and variable hours depending on the municipality.

The polling stations opened Sunday, June 27 at 8 a.m. in metropolitan France for the second round of regional and departmental elections, with the participation as a question mark after a record abstention of 66.7% in the first round which raised questions.

Some 48 million voters are called to the polls until 6 p.m., 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. depending on the municipality, with a still strict health protocol (mask, gel, safety distance) in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic, in sharp decline but under the threat of the Delta variant.

The voters must appoint the 13 metropolitan regional executives, responsible for many aspects of their daily life (transport, school buildings, support for businesses, etc.).

Overseas, this second round concerns Reunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana and Mayotte, according to their own territorial organization.

In the shadow of these regional, the departmental were logically marked by an equivalent massive abstention, and outgoing teams from the classic right and left parties largely in the lead in the first round.

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Pollsters also predict only a slight rebound in the second round when two out of three French people shunned the ballot box in the first round, making forecasts on the state of public opinion for this Sunday – and beyond for 2022 – fragile.

“I find it hard to see a mobilization that would upset the balance of power established in the first round, even if there is often a little more participation in the second round than in the first, as was the case in 2015”, explains Romain Pasquier , research director at CNRS.

With AFP



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