Monday, June 20, 2011

Voter ID

Jean-François Copé has been fulminating about the "risks to individual freedom" if the PS compiles lists of people who vote in its primary. I guess that we Americans live in a totalitarian state, then, since voter lists in most states identify the party affiliation of each voter in order to prevent crossover voting in primary elections. But all's fair in love and war, and Romain Pigenel has compiled a useful list of his own: remarks that right-wing politicians can use to denounce the Socialist primaries under any number of hypotheses.

8 comments:

Kirk said...

Well, there are lists of voters here as well, but I think the point is that an individual party would own a list of people interested by their party. The does seem to be a petty big issue. AFAIK, the parties don't have access to lists of registered voters here (or in the US?).

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Wrong, in Mass., at any rate, voter lists with party ID are public information. Anyone can get a copy.

Kirk said...

And is the information of your party registration included in the public list?

Such things are more tightly controlled here. So I can understand that it is making a bit of noise.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Yes, party registration is included, and political campaigns use this in their get out the vote efforts. It's perfectly normal.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Campaign contributions over $250 are also searchable in the US:
http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml

bernard said...

I don't think the conservatives really expect to block the socialist primaries. They probably are working to instill doubt in the general population in order to disrupt them and/or make sure that the numbers of people participating are substantially less than expectations. This would have the virtue of possibly turning the result of the primaries into a fractious issue inside the socialist party, especially if two candidates performed neck to neck in the results. Quite smart, really, as a political trap.

Anonymous said...

The UMP are just trying to scare people. However, as far as I can tell, there will NOT be "party lists", just the regular voters list, as given by the préfecture, like in all elections. And party affiliation is not written on these lists. It'd be pretty stupid to conclude from whoever signed when they went to the polls that x didn't show because they're pro-UMP. They could be indifferent, busy with a baby's bath, etc.
As far as I know, it seems the only list the PS will have is that of people volunteering their name to get information.

Do UMP leaders really want to sow doubt about the regular lists and the electoral process in France?

The polls will not be manned by just PS people, but by elected officials and various organizations' representatives. I'm not clear exactly who but I don't see how there's a problem with legal lists and diverse watch groups for the primaries, unless there's a problem with other elections in France.

Anonymous said...

bernard: you may be right but I find this despicable that a political party would try to keep people AWAY from polls.