Indre-et-Loire: rented village hall, lack of assessors, the organization of the 2024 legislative elections is not simple

Indre-et-Loire: rented village hall, lack of assessors, the organization of the 2024 legislative elections is not simple
Indre-et-Loire: rented village hall, lack of assessors, the organization of the 2024 legislative elections is not simple

How to organize a legislative election in less than three weeks. This is the challenge that town halls must face. Between the municipal halls already reserved and the holidays which are beginning, setting up the ballot is not simple, as for example in Indre-et-Loire.

In Pernay, 1,300 inhabitants, there is only one polling station but the mayor knows that he will have difficulty finding the people necessary to ensure the permanence. “It takes three or four people per slot to welcome voters. The time between the announcement and the date of the votes is short and some municipal councilors have already replied to me that they have commitments for one or even two weekends, explains Jean-Pierre Peninon. I had planned a vacation from June 23 to July 6. It forces me to come back especially on the weekend of June 30. As mayor, I must lead by example even if this idea obviously does not receive all the votes in my family circle and in particular with my wife“. The mayor of Pernay will therefore interrupt his vacation 300 kilometers away to preside over and run the polling station.

The mayor of Parçay-Meslay has to postpone his vacation for eight days, but Bruno Fenet is more bothered by another problem. He must move two events planned to the village hall where the two polling stations will be installed. “On Sunday, we had the Solidarité Vacances association doing its lottery and on Saturday, the dance association had planned its annual gala. This poses some problems for us but we will find a solution so that these demonstrations take place elsewhere. The elections will take priority.”

In La Roche-Clermault too, the village hall has been reserved for a long time, but for Jérôme Field, the mayor of this village of 500 inhabitants located in Chinonais, there is no question of going back on this promise. It’s the polling station that will have to mover.** “It was an individual who rented the party hall for the 60th wedding anniversary of a couple, as is done very regularly in small villages. So we will work with the municipal council to find out if we can organize elections in another place, at school for example.“.

Jérome Field is also the president of the rural mayors of Indre-et-Loire. He will bring together the association’s office in a few days to take stock of the various problems posed by the organization of the legislative elections.

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