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Italian local elections, 2017

The Italian administrative elections in 2017 took place on Sunday, June 11, with a possible balloting on Sunday, June 25. [1] Elections took place in 1010 municipalities (785 belonging to regions with ordinary status and 225 to regions with special status) [2]. In Trentino-Alto Adige and Valle d'Aosta

The Italian administrative elections in 2017 took place on Sunday, June 11, with a possible balloting on Sunday, June 25.  Elections took place in 1010 municipalities (785 belonging to regions with ordinary status and 225 to regions with special status). In Trentino-Alto Adige and Valle d'Aosta they took place on 7 May, respectively in 2 and 3 municipalities. 

 

Voting system

Every comune with more than 15,000 inhabitants elects its mayor and city council with the same system.

Voters express a direct choice for the mayor or an indirect choice voting for one of the parties of the candidate's coalition. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, the top two candidates go to a second round two weeks later. The coalition of the elected mayor is guaranteed a majority of seats in the council with the attribution of extra seats. If the Mayor resigns, dies, lose a motion of confidence, or a majority of the municipal councillors step down at the same time, an early election (for the Mayor and for all municipal councillors) is called.

The City Council is elected at the same time as the mayor. Voters can vote for a list of candidates and can express up to two preferences for candidates of said list, provided they are selecting candidates of both genders. Seats are then attributed to parties proportionally, and for each party the candidates with the highest number of preferences are elected.

Comuni with a population of less than 15,000 elect their mayors with a plurality system. A mayoral candidate can be supported by only one list, and the list of the elected mayor gets a two-thirds majority of seats. Voters can express up to two preferences for candidates of the chosen list, provided they are selecting candidates of both genders. Seats are then attributed to the candidates with the highest number of preferences.