As per the decree law of 16 November 1940, elections were only allowed for the "smallest communes".
This law was published in the Journal Officiel 12 December 12, 1940 and
...provided for the abolition of elected councils in communes and
municipalities of 2,000 population and over....It is now provided that
the members of councils in towns with a population from 2,000 to
10,000 shall be appointed by prefects, while in cities of over 10,000
the councillors shall be named by the minister of the interior.
Communities of under 2,000 inhabitants may continue to elect their
councils as long as these bodies refrain from participating in
Also, the Labour Charter of October 1941 allowed for elections of workers to newly set up comites sociaux. These committees were to plan "social and welfare programmes ... and arbitrate in matters of training, wages and manpower" (pdf) but they were, in reality, powerless and considered "mere window-dressing".
In practice, the Vichy regime was an authoritarian state in which all positions of any significance were by appointment. The regime rejected
the partisan strife of political parties
"the pettiness of politics".
which were seen as weaknesses of the Third Republic (1870-1940). Thus, in a speech on the 12th of August, 1941, Petain stated
Activity of political parties and groups of political origin is
suspended until further notice in the unoccupied zone. These parties
may no longer hold either public or private meetings. They must cease
any distribution of tracts or notices.