How to vote in local elections

Sunday 3 and Monday 4 October there is administrative elections in many Italian cities. It will be a vote with many national implications, because we are also voting for the mayors of the four major Italian cities – Rome, Milan, Naples and Turin – and for the president of the Calabria region, and also because some political forces are going through difficult moments, in particular Lega and Fratelli d’Italia, with recent inquiries judicial e journalism that concern them, and the Five Star Movement, which risks losing the cities it has ruled over the years. Below we’ve gathered the information you need to know about how, when and where to vote in the first and second rounds, which will be in two weeks.


The polling stations open on Sunday at 07:00 and close at 23:00, reopen on Monday at 07:00 and close definitively at 15:00. Any votes will be held in the same way in two weeks, Sunday 17 and Monday 18 October.


In order to vote, you must go to your polling station with proof of identity – which is read on the voting card -. You can vote by checking the name of the candidate or candidate, and in this case the vote will go to him or her only, or you can vote on one of the linked lists, and in this case the vote will go to the candidate and also to the relative party. In municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants, a separate vote can take place, ie voting for a candidate and at the same time giving preference to an opposing list. If you vote on a list, you can indicate a preference for one or two candidate directors, as long as one is a woman and the other is a man.

In municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants and in Regions, whoever gets 50 percent plus 1 of the valid votes in the first round wins. If no one reaches this threshold, the two most voted candidates go to the second round, in which case whoever gets the majority of the votes wins.

In municipalities with less than 15,000 inhabitants, whoever gets the majority of the votes in the first round wins. In the event of a tie between two candidates, a second round will follow. In the event of a subsequent tie, the older of the two candidates is elected.


In this election round there will be 12,147,040 eligible voters (ie all people who turned 18 on October 3rd). Voting takes place in 1,192 municipalities, of which 1,073 have fewer than 15,000 inhabitants. Among the cities you vote for, there are 6 regional capitals (Bologna, Milan, Naples, Rome, Turin and Trieste) and 13 provincial capitals (Benevento, Caserta, Cosenza, Grosseto, Isernia, Latina, Novara, Pordenone, Ravenna, Rimini, Salerno , Savona and Varese). Voting will also take place in Calabria, with procedures similar to those in municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants, and for by-elections in the constituencies of the Chamber of Siena and in Rome’s Primavalle district.

– Read also: The articles of the Post about administrative 2021

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