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becoming an assessor, “is playing the role of the citizen”


While some municipalities are desperately looking for assessors to man the polling stations for the first round of the presidential election, others are completing the final preparations. To train its assessors, the town hall of Cherbourg in Cotentin, in the Channel, relies on an information meeting.

“It’s a bit of getting to know the behind the scenes”

Sitting behind their wooden desk in the new council chamber, around thirty volunteer assessors listen attentively to the latest instructions from elected officials. In the second row, Chloé writes down every detail in her little notebook. For her first vote, she decided to get involved. “It could be interesting from a personal point of view,” explains the 21-year-old. “It’s a bit about getting to know behind the scenes. It’s playing the role of the citizen.”

Henri, for his part, knows this experience very well. Manual in hand and beret on his head, the 75-year-old retiree is mobilizing for the fifth time. He came to know the latest regulations. “The cases of nullity have changed, I wanted to be aware of these modifications, I renote them so that at the time of the scrutiny we can react quickly and quickly”, he analyzes at the microphone of Europe 1.

A poster campaign to boost recruitment

On the platform facing the assembly, Pierre François Lejeune, Deputy Mayor, welcomes the recruitment of 280 volunteers. To do this, the municipality relied on an old list of volunteers while developing communication. “We carried out a poster campaign in the various streets of Cherbourg in the Cotentin. It allowed voters to apply to become an assessor at the level of the polling station”, details the elected official.

Present in the 66 polling stations in the city from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., the assessors will be responsible for checking identity documents and signing the attendance sheet.


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