Referendum June 12, 2022: as was to be expected, there was a low turnout and therefore the necessary quorum was not reached. Furthermore, the costs involved in organizing and starting the whole machine should not be overlooked.

Referendum June 12, 2022: low turnout and quorum not reached.  How much did it cost and what happens now?

Referendum June 12, 2022: low turnout and quorum not reached

The five referendums on justice did not reach 50% of the quorum of the participants and therefore the consultation is null, according to the exit poll of the Opinio Italia consortium for Rai. The final turnout for the Referendums was 20.8%. The “Yes” ahead in all 5 questions.

According to data from the Interior Ministry the definitive turnout (7,903 municipalities out of 7,903) for yesterday’s vote on the 5 referendums on justice was just over 20.9%. At the first question (“Incandiability after conviction”) the influence was 20.95%; to the second question (“Limitation of precautionary measures”) the turnout was 20.93%; to the third question (“Separation of magistrates’ functions”) the turnout was 20.93%; to the fourth question (“Lay members of the judicial councils”) the turnout was 20.92%; the turnout was 20.92% for the fifth question (“Elections of CSM toga members”).

How much did it cost and what happens now?

A referendum is considered valid only if it reaches the quorum of the absolute majoritywhich corresponds to 50% + 1 of the voters. The abrogative referendums are governed by Article 75 of the Constitution: “The proposal subject to referendum is approved if the majority of those entitled to participate in the vote, and if the majority of validly cast votes is reached.“.

If these numbers are not reached, voting cannot affect legislation. Therefore, the failure to reach the quorum it also does not allow a referendum in which yeses prevail over no to enter into force. In practice, since the necessary numbers were not reached on Sunday 12 June 2022, nothing has changed compared to before the referendum.

A failed referendum but what it cost the same. In general, a single day of voting throughout the national territory should cost approximately 400 million, of which over 300 million paid by the Ministry of the Interior alone and the rest divided between the departments of Justice and that of the Economy. The expenses cover from setting up the polling stations to paying the scrutineers and overtime for the police and administrative staff, up to all the various costs for materials and for the IT equipment.

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