Reminder - Communiqué issued by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs – Opening of the online voting platform (21 May 2021)


The elections of the councilors representing French nationals abroad and consular delegates will take place on May 29 for the American continent and the Caribbean and on May 30 for the rest of the world.

Online voting opens today.

1.36 million voters registered on the consular electoral rolls are eligible to vote in the elections to choose their locally elected representatives on this occasion.

Voters have three ways to vote: at the ballot box, by proxy or online.

Online voting: easy and secure

Due to the health context, online voting is recommended. Voters who provided their contact information on the consular electoral rolls will be able to access the online voting platform from Friday, May 21 at 12.00 pm (Paris time) until Wednesday, May 26 at 12.00 pm (Paris time).

Cell phones, tablets or computers can be used to vote online. A username and password sent by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs by mail and text message, respectively, will be required to log in to the voting platform. A helpline has been set up to help voters experiencing problems with voting online. The helpline be available 24 hours a day while the online voting portal is open and can be reached through an online form.

Security of internet voting is guaranteed under the certification obtained on January 15, 2020, following a favorable recommendation by an accreditation board made up of representatives of the government and the French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI).

Prior to certification, several tests were carried out on the online voting platform in order to ensure its useability and reliability in the face of various types of threat and its compliance with key electoral principles (voting accessibility, secrecy of the vote and validity of the vote).

The government also carried out two full-scale tests in 2019 involving about 1% of the electorate in order to check that the system worked correctly in a configuration that was close to reality.