Friday, December 29, 2006

Time runs out for voter registration

French citizens have until tomorrow morning, Saturday, December 30, to register to vote for the upcoming presidential election. Each side has been eager to sign up as many supporters as possible before the deadline, and have led voter registration drives over the past few days. Despite this, between 2 and 5 million French are still not registered, compared with 42 million who are. Last presidential election some 28.5 million French turned out to vote in the first round and 31 million in the second, representing 71.6% turnout according to Wikipedia. Last US presidential election some 122 million came to the polls, which is only a mere 55% of the voting-age population.

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