Italy to the vote. Today, Sunday 25 September 2022, is election day to choose the new members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. The polls are open from 7 am to 11 pm. This is an early vote, after the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the dissolution of the Chambers by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella. In Sicily there is also a vote to choose the new president of the region, who takes over from Nello Musumeci.
The numbers of the elections of 25 September 2022
In the elections on Sunday 25 September, the Italians called to express a preference are 50,869,304, of which 4,741,790 abroad. Of the 46,127,514 voters in Italy, 51.74% are women and the remaining 48.26% are men. The electoral body includes 2,682,094 adults who for the first time, after the recent amendment of Article 58 of the Constitution, can vote not only for the Chamber but also for the Senate. Of the young voters there are 1,302,170 women and 1,379,924 men. On the national territory there are 61,566 electoral sections open for the exercise of the right to vote.
Who to vote in the elections on 25 September: party programs
Lombardy with 7,505,133 voters is the region with the highest number of voters, Valle d’Aosta with 98,187 voters the one with the lowest number of voters. The municipality of Rocca de ‘Giorgi, in the province of Pavia, with only 25 voters (13 men and 12 women) is the body with the smallest electoral body, while Rome with 2,055,382 (of which 1,096,575 women and 958,807 men ) is the city with the largest one.
There are 1,310 candidates for the Chamber in single-member constituencies, 2,788 in multi-member constituencies and 95 in the overseas constituency. For the Senate, there are 693 candidates for single-member constituencies, 1,418 for multi-member constituencies, and 41 for the foreign constituency. To find out who the candidates in your college are on the website of the Ministry of the Interior the “Search your college and your candidates” function has been activated. From here you can access the list with the names of the candidates of the chambers of the Chamber and Senate.
Political elections 2022, the facsimile of the ballot paper (and how to vote)
What it takes to vote in the elections of 25 September 2022
Voters who want to vote must present an identity document and the electoral card at the polling station. (Here is the list of admitted documents and what to do if the electoral card is not found).
What to do if on election day you can’t find your voting card or it’s out of stock
How many ballots are there and how to vote
Voters are given two ballots: a rose for the House, a yellow for the Senate. Those who realize they have made a mistake in voting can ask the chairman of the polling station to replace the ballot, being able to cast their vote again.
The electoral system is the Rosatellumis the same used for the last legislative elections, those of 2018. It is a mixed system between proportional and majority, in the sense that, based on the votes taken by the various parties, it assigns about two thirds of the seats in the next Parliament – between Chamber and Senate – with the proportional system, and about a third with the majority system.
For the Chamber, the number of deputies to be elected is 400, of which 8 elected in the foreign constituency. 3/8 of the seats (146 seats) are assigned in single-member constituencies, with a majority formula, in which the most voted candidate is proclaimed elected. With the exception of that of the Val d’Aosta which is constituted in a single single-member constituency, the remaining 245 seats are assigned with the proportional method at the national level in 49 multi-member constituencies. (Here the guide to not make mistakes when we draw the “X”).
For the Senate, the number of senators to be elected is 200, of which 4 in the foreign constituency. 3/8 of the seats (67 seats) are assigned in single-member constituencies, with a majority formula, in which the most voted candidate is proclaimed elected. Without prejudice to the single-member constituencies of the regions that elect a single senator (Valle d’Aosta) and those of Trentino-Alto Adige (which elects 6 senators with a single-member system only), the remaining 122 seats are assigned, in each region, within the of 26 multi-member constituencies, with the proportional method of integer quotients and the largest remainders, among the lists and coalitions of lists that have exceeded the threshold.
Voting takes place only on Sunday 25 September from 7 am to 11 pm. When the polls close, the number of voters for each consultation is first ascertained and, immediately after, the ballot papers of the Senate are scrutinized. Next, that of the ballots for the election of the Chamber.