Electronic voting in the French legislative elections of 2012

Susan Collard, Elodie Fabre

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


This chapter presents an analysis of the unprecedented use of electronic voting by expatriates during the French 2012 legislative elections, when they elected their own representatives (referred to here as ‘deputies’), to the National Assembly in Paris for the first time, in 11 newly created overseas constituencies.
The study is presented within the broader perspective of electronic voting in France more generally, and in the historical context of extra-territorial voting by French expatriates. The authors discuss the main issues and controversies that arose during the 2012 elections, and in a final section analyse the results. The authors conclude by drawing attention to recent developments in electronic voting in France since the 2012 elections, which suggest that although there was much criticism expressed by experts of electronic voting as to the security and transparency of the system used, the official discourse that acclaimed the experience as a success, appears to have convinced its target audience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign, Development, and Use of Secure Electronic Voting Systems
EditorsDimitios Zissis, Dimitrios Lekkas
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN (Electronic)9781466658219
ISBN (Print)9781466658202
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Electronic Government, Digital Divide, and Regional Development
PublisherIGI Global

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