2003 Italian referendum

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A double referendum was held in Italy on 15 May 2003.[1] Voters were asked whether small companies should be forced to re-employ workers they had sacked illegitimately and whether the property owners could refuse to allow electricity cables to be installed on private property.[2] Although both were approved by wide margins, the voter turnout of 26% was well below the 50% threshold and the results were invalidated.[2]


Forcing small companies to re-employ illegitimately fired workers

Choice Votes %
For 10,572,538 86.7
Against 1,616,379 13.3
Invalid/blank votes 446,042
Total 12,645,507 100
Registered voters/turnout 49,554,128 25.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Refusal to allow electricity cables to be installed on private property

Choice Votes %
For 10,430,181 85.6
Against 1,761,558 14.4
Invalid/blank votes 463,207
Total 12,667,178 100
Registered voters/turnout 49,554,128 25.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1049 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1063