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Vote tôt, vote fréquemment


As everyone reading this will already know, voting in the first round for the election to select the presidential candidate for the Parti Socialiste has taken place today. As a result of confusion over who is eligible to take part in the voting I went along to see if I could vote. The message from my PS Député had said that the bureau de vote was at my usual polling station, the Ecole Louise Scheppler. The first photo was taken outside showing that it was set up just like it normally is when in use as a polling station. I went inside to register and to collect my vote at the first table inside the door. I had to show give them something to prove my identity, you can see my pink French driving license in front of the polling station staff, as well as the voting slips for the different candidates; Jean-Michel Baylet, Martine Aubry, Manuel Valls, Francois Hollande, Arnaud Montebourg and Segolene Royal. The box is for your donation of €1 and next to it is the envelope in which you put the slip with the name of your choice of presidential candidate. My name was not on the electoral list so I had to fill out my details on a separate piece of paper and sign it, pay my €1, take an envelope and at least two slips, I got told off for only taking the one of the candidate I wanted to vote for, and go into the polling booth behind the curtain on the left. I put the slip with the name of my choice into the envelope, putting the other I had had to pick up into the bin provided, and went to the second table with the clear ballot box on it. I again had to show my driving license and was about to fill in another piece of paper when I was asked if I was a French citizen, to which the answer was no. The man in charge of the polling station then had to phone for advice on whether I could vote and the answer came back that I could not. So, sorry Martine you lost a vote today. I will be surprised if there is a clear winner with more than 50% of the vote today so there will be a vote-off between the two candidates who get the highest votes today and it will be interesting to see how the votes of the candidates are then distributed. After my bit of fun last week with a vote on my biscuit eating prowess, I want to have a more serious election. If you had a vote, how would you cast it? As the title says, vote early and vote often.(Although again I have set this up so you can only vote once.)

UPDATE: At 23:35 there has just been an announcement from the Headquarters of the Parti Socialiste. Around 2.5 million French people voted in the primary which is more than double what was expected. As a result the computers have crashed and a definitive result will not be available until late tomorrow morning, around midday. The announcement claimed that around half the votes had been counted. A 24 hour news channel at the same time was saying that on 1.9 million votes counted the estimated results were:

  • Francois Hollande                        38.9%,
  • Martine Aubry                               30.6%,
  • Arnaud Montebourg                     17.3%,
  • Segolene Royal                                 6.8%
  • Manuel Valls                                     5.7%
  • Jean-Michel Baylet                          0.6%

All the candidates have given their speech to the people of France with Manuel Valls being the only one to declare their hand and call upon his voters to support Francois Hollande, who gave a speech which, deliberately or not, aped Mitterrand. X-Factor Versione PS France continues for another week.



As I said in my last post on Sunday I went to Germany with the P1040601Strasbourg Strollers Cricket team to play what is pretty much a local derby against the Freiburg Nomads.  It was a gorgeous start to what became a gorgeous day as we drove the hour down to Southern Germany.  As you can see we played on a rolled out pitch place on an astro-turf pitch.  Bowling was from one end as a six at the other risked P1040619losing the ball in the boating lake.  It also had such a short boundary that it was worth only two runs for hitting the fence.  Frieburg batted first and made 222 for 4 in their 30 overs.  We batted second and were all out for less.  I bowled six overs and took half the Freiburg wickets to fall although I also gave away almost a quarter of the runs.  I consoled P1040625myself with the thought that it might have been a different story if the three catches put down off my bowling had been held.  Throughout the day we had quite a crowd watching as we played, though I wonder how many of them knew what they were watching.

PS 1 Oct 2009

The Parti Socialiste is voting tonight on who will be the head of the list for the regional elections in March and the line in our branch was very clearly put as being for M Bigot.  At the same time there is a referendum taking place on whether the same person should be able to be elected to all sorts of positions at the same time, over action for parity between men and women, and to introduce open primaries for the election of the presidential candidate in a couple of years.  I voted on my way home from work this evening.  Usually meetings and votes have been in the back room of a local restaurant.  When I went to vote tonight the restaurant was not open so voting was ‘al fresco’.  Here’s a picture of the Branch Secretary, substitute for our Depute, Councillor and Assistant to the Mayor, Eric, with the ballot box:


UPDATE: The free newspaper 20 minutes reports this morning, “Sauf surprise, Jacques Bigot represntera le PS” and that 70% of the PS had voted for primaries and against cumulative mandates.

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