The Senate Law Commission on Wednesday 18 November created a fact-finding mission to assess ” the feasibility “ postal voting, in particular in view of the regional and departmental elections of 2021, the executive of which proposes to postpone from March to June due to the health crisis.
Made up of nine senators representing all the political groups in the Senate, this fact-finding mission will deliver its conclusions “Before the end of 2020”, specifies the Law Commission in a press release.
“Democracy cannot remain confined”
The main purpose of this mission will be to examine the material conditions for organizing postal voting, “In order to determine to what extent the secrecy of the vote and the sincerity of the ballot can be fully ensured: verification of the identity of the voters, routing and monitoring of the envelopes to the polling station, organization of the count, costs incurred, etc.” ” She will hear ministerial services and academics, “As well as actors in the field, starting with postal service operators”. It will also examine how postal voting works in foreign countries such as the United States, Germany or Switzerland.
For the chairman of the committee and rapporteur of the mission, François-Noël Buffet (LR), the seriousness of the health crisis “Obliges us to examine all the measures allowing each citizen to vote in safety, while ensuring the sincerity of the vote. No solution should be overlooked. Democracy cannot remain confined ”.
The skeptical government
Senators from both right and left, from LR Philippe Bas to socialist Eric Kerrouche, have been pleading for several months already to reintroduce this postal practice that disappeared at the end of 1975, because it was considered at the time conducive to “Serious fraud”.
The government, for its part, seems hostile to postal voting. The arguments he puts forward are twofold: first there is the idea that it would be too late to include in the law and organize a reliable alternative voting system and, second, the fears related to the risk of fraud. or pressure on the vote. Without completely excluding it, Gérald Darmanin is the one whose opposition is most frank to this “False good idea”. “As long as we have not demonstrated that this method of voting allows the absolute individual decision, without community pressure or from the family, I will be opposed to this provision”, he argues in an interview at Parisian.