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For Laurent Vaginay, the senatorial elections are at the beginning a “old, outdated machine that could use some dusting”. This “great voter” does not clearly see what would distinguish him from “small”. The agent of the Ministry of the Armed Forces judges “shifted” the duty to vote − beneath penalty of a tremendous of 100 euros − in addition to the package deal offered to compensate for journey prices to the prefecture metropolis, Saint-Etienne. “I was not elected to be reimbursed 25 euros. I’m a Republican, and a Republican votes without being paid.”poses the first deputy of La Gresle (Loire), 867 inhabitants.

However, Laurent Vaginay never doubted the interest of participating in the vote on Sunday September 24. Even if most of the candidates did not make the trip to their commune, contenting themselves with summarizing their projects in flyers addressed to the town hall. “The few who came to us did the bare minimum, an hour tops around a coffeebreathes the fifty-year-old. But the message to be conveyed in this election, in the discussions as well as in the vote, is too important to snub: “No, our small communities are not destined to die”. »

Nearly 78,000 electors are summoned on Sunday to renew half of the Senate: the 170 seats representing the French departments whose number is between 37 (Indre-et-Loire) and 66 (Pyrénées-Orientales), Ile-de-France -France, six overseas territories (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte, New Caledonia and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon) and six of the twelve seats for French people established outside France. Delegates from municipal councils represent 95% of an electorate with Lilliputian abstention each time (1.99% in 2017, 1.25% in 2020). In rural areas, regardless of this preponderant weight in the ballot box, many local elected officials tell a “disconnect” growing between their small communities and the candidates who promise to defend them in Parliament.

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“The Senate remains the chamber best able to relay our issues, but it is a fact, this election confronts two types of elected officials who are not just caricatures: some with their noses in the handlebars and the difficulties of the field ; the others who, even from the area, seem to live in another world”, summarizes Michel Fournier, president of the Association of Rural Mayors of France (AMRF). Elected in Voivres, within the Vosges, he’s not affected by the senatorial elections this 12 months. For her colleagues from the departments renewed on September 24, the “disconnect” generally become disinterest after which right into a headache as quickly because the electors have been designated.

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