All my votes

by Lorenzo Piccoli


Although I have commented on the possible outcome, I have not decided what I will vote in the upcoming elections: I am officially undecided. Meanwhile, borrowing an idea of Francesco Costa, I am drafting a list of how I voted in the past.

9-10 April 2006
Italian Political Elections
I voted for the centre-left coalition and for the candidate Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who defeats Silvio Berlusconi with a difference of 0.06% of the votes. Today I would give the same vote. Election won.

25-26 June 2006
Constitutional Referendum
Deciding whether or not to approve the constitutional reform promoted by the center-right government: I did not know much about the reform, but my vote was based on the fact that it had been approved by a majority that I did not like and that had been rejected by the voters. I voted No, and No won with 61%. Today I would probably give the same vote. Election won.

25-26 June 2006
Local Referendum
Deciding whether the province of Trento should continue to finance private schools: I am not necessarily against public finance even for private confessional schools, but the total amount provided with public money was outrageous. I voted Yes to the abolition of public finance for private schools, and 93% of the voters vote Yes, but the referendum fails as it does not reach the quorum: only 19% of the people vote. Today I would give the same vote. Election lost.

13-14 April 2008
Italian Political Elections
I voted for the Partito Democratico and for the candidate Prime Minister Walter Veltroni. His party takes 33%, but is part of the  loser coalition: Silvio Berlusconi is elected Prime Minister. Today I would give the same vote. Election lost.

09-10 September 2008
Local elections in the Province of Trento
I voted for the Partito Democratico and for the coalition that supports Lorenzo Dellai. The party takes 22% of the votes, and the coalition takes 57%, defeating the opposing candidate Sergio Divina. Today I would give the same vote. Election won.

3 May 2009
Local elections in the City of Trento
I was in Ireland for my exchange abroad and I could not vote. The Partito Democratico’s candidate Alessandro Andreatta won the elections with 64%.

6-7 June 2009
European elections
I was in Ireland for my exchange abroad and I could not vote. The Partito Democratico went well, although it is always hard to comment on European elections.

21-22 June 2009
Referendum
The vote was about future referendum rules and it proposed to make them easier. I voted Yes, but the quorum stopped at 23% and the referendum failed. Today I would give the same vote. Election lost.

12-13 June 2011
Referendum
Four questions: two on the management of water resources, one on nuclear energy and one on legitimate impediment. I voted Yes to the first question on the water and one on legitimate impediment, I voted No to the second question on the water and on the one on nuclear energy. Yes wins in all four questions and with more than 55% of the people going to vote, the quorum is (surprisingly) reached. Today I would give the same vote. Election half won and half lost.

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