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Is there any mechanical consequences of blank votes, or just the moral marking of "I went to vote and refuse to vote for either of the options"?
by fjallstrom on Sun Apr 24th, 2022 at 08:18:44 PM EST
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Just the moral marking, we are French after all...

The results are compiled over the "expressed suffrage", leaving aside the blank votes or the "null" votes: marking on the paper ballots, two ballots in the same envelope, not one of the official candidate ballots,... I have helped counting the ballots a few times over the years (this is always done by volunteer citizens), and I've seen it all.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 08:40:54 AM EST
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Technically : a vote blanc is when there is a blank white piece of paper in the envelope, OR an empty envelope. It is Case 11 in the enumerated "non expressed" vote counting methodology. Cases 1 to 10 are different categories of null : There was one in my polling place where the voter had spat on his Macron ballot.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 11:09:53 AM EST
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Despite past campaigns to have them counted, they generally end up in the column "non-expressed" votes in the media, along with spoiled ballots and ... registered voters who didn't vote.

But they are totalized locally and nationally.
Some graphs here :
Of those who voted, Macron won a majority : 54.7% / 38.8%, 6.5% respectively.

Some agitate for a significant blank vote  

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 09:48:35 AM EST
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