Thursday, May 10, 2007
May 6th Around Here
Alsace tends to vote "to the right". When, in 2006, the 22 regional councils were elected, the left (mainly Socialist) won everywhere except Corsica and Alsace. This election was little different. In the first round, Bayrou (center) came in second ahead of Royal (socialist), and Le Pen did better than his national average.
In this presidential final, it seems that generally, around here, the smaller the town or village the higher Sarkozy's score: under 1000 ballots cast went 78 to 83 % for him; slightly bigger ( Pfaffenhoffen and La Walck I consider to be a single "place") gave him 70-76 % of their votes. Haguenau gave him a little under 70 (thanks in part to my neighborhood, where he only received about 62 %), and the total department, including the Strasbourg urban zone, drops to "only" 65.58%--still well above the national score.
I was in the polling place (voting bureau) around 11:30, and the counter on the plexiglas box read 368. In this neighborhood, exactly as many turned out for the final as for the first round, although there were a few more who cast a null ballot (16 first round, 27 second round, of 783 votes deposited). After lunch, I went for a walk around town, and took pictures of the candidates' official posters in front of the voting bureaus I past, or what remained visible in place of the posters.
| ||SARKOZY||ROYAL||Ballots cast|
|Territory|| || |
|Bas Rhin||65,58%||34,42%||574 213|
|Haguenau (bur. 22)||61.90 %||38.10 %||756|
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