Single electoral register 

SER

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The Single Electoral Register (SER) was instituted by law n ° 2016-1048 of August 1, 2016 rewieing the procedures for registration on the electoral lists and was implemented from January 1, 2019. The purpose of the SER is the management of the electoral process and the reliability of the electoral lists.

It allows the continuous updating of the electoral lists at the initiative, either of the municipalities which proceed to the registrations and removal of the voters, or of INSEE on the basis of the information transmitted by various administrations (justice, home office, foreign office, etc.).

The single electoral register management system allows the statement of the electoral lists and the extraction of the electoral lists, images from the register on a given date.

The system guarantees the uniqueness of registration for all voters and allows registration requests to be taken into account up to 6 weeks before any election, ie the time required to examine any appeals.

The single electoral register covers all French territories except New Caledonia. It also integrates the consular lists for French people living abroad.

From a statistical point of view, the REU makes it possible to describe the electoral body and its demographic characteristics (age, sex) and its evolution over time. It also serves as a sampling frame for the electoral participation survey and feeds the permanent demographic sample (PDS).

The SER replaces the sum of the previous 35,500 electoral lists kept independently by each municipality and each consulate, as well as the “General voters register” kept by INSEE for the coordination of local lists. 

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