Half a million French citizens living outside of the country have reportedly received duplicate polling cards, which will allow them to vote twice in the first round of the French election on April 23.
According to The Express, French authorities have acknowledged the glitch but won’t be investigating it until after the election.
Patrick Christys of The Express writes that “this could crush Ms. Le Pen’s dreams of surging to power as most French nationals living outside of their country are not right wing.”
Christys further states that far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon could be the ultimate beneficiary of the mistake, which was allegedly caused by a computer glitch.
Jean-Luc Melenchon has “surged in the polls recently,” according to The Express. Melenchon’s popularity is reportedly even threatening Emmanuel Macron, the center-left candidate currently tied with Le Pen in the polls.
Melenchon is just two points behind both Le Pen and Macron, according to an Ipsos poll from this month.
Voting twice, of course, is illegal in France.
However, The Express reports that police would only find out about an individual’s double voting if they ran a check on a suspected double voter.
France’s Interior Ministry has reportedly responded to news of the glitch by stating it does not cause a great enough disruption to invalidate the tally.
The Express’ Patrick Christys disputes this, citing recent poll numbers that show “it is possible an extra 500,000 votes either way could swing the balance of power.”