Internet voting from abroad: exploring turnout in the 2014 French consular elections

Régis Dandoy, Tudi Kernalegenn

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Abstract

Internet voting has been available for French citizens living abroad since 2006, and 43.21% of them filled out their ballots online for the first election of their consular delegates in 2014. Using a multivariate analysis of turnout figures at the district and country levels, this research note explores if ballot box and Internet voters differ in their electoral participation patterns. It concludes that turnout must be understood based on the voting modality that French voters choose. While the characteristics of the electoral district (community size, geographical, and historical proximity with France, and party competition) impact ballot box voter turnout, Internet voter turnout is most influenced by the host country’s economic and infrastructure development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-439
Number of pages19
JournalFrench Politics
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Consular elections
  • External voting
  • French emigrants
  • Internet voting
  • Turnout

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