From the desk of the Consul General - May 2017 [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
The first round of the 2017 presidential elections was a great moment in the life of our Southeast jurisdiction. You will find in this newsletter some essential information on this election, the most important of our responsibilities as French citizens. As I write this, you will know by now the results of the four polling stations of our jurisdiction, published on the website of the consulate and on our social media outlets. I would like to share with you some comments before the second round on May 6.
First, thank you to all of our volunteers in Atlanta, Raleigh, Greenville, and Nashville! Everyone—whether they were volunteers, colleagues of the Consulate General or Honorary Consuls—mobilized without hesitation to ensure the success of this first round. They deserve all our gratitude.
As you know, registration on the electoral lists of French citizens living abroad saw a considerable increase in 2016 throughout the world (more than 1.2 million registered voters), as well as in the U.S. and in our jurisdiction. The latter counted 5,227 registered on April 22, or almost a third more voters than five years ago.
Voter participation in the jurisdiction was 35.3%. This percentage is stable as compared to previous elections. It is slightly below the United States average (39%). Worldwide, the participation rate is 44%, or 6 points greater than the first round of the 2012 presidential elections.
All of these numbers reflect a commitment from the French living abroad and a desire to have their voice heard. Proof is also seen in the high numbers of proxy votes received at the Consulate General and by our honorary consuls in the final days before the election.
As for blank and nullified votes—it is important to recall that, according to law, they are not included in the number of votes cast—their number rose to almost 1% in the United States, a percentage that was not so high in our jurisdiction.
So two words to our French compatriots to conclude—always the same: On May 6, June 3 and June 17, go vote !
We’re waiting for you.
See you soon,
Louis de CORAIL
Consul General of France