Elections 2024, call to the polls for 3,697 Municipalities

In addition to European and regional ones, the vote will affect 46.7% of local authorities

The 2024 elections, the European elections and the puzzle of regional alliances have somewhat obscured the chapter of the municipal elections. Usually, as Il Sole 24 Ore writes today, it is, however, “the event most attended by voters, and especially this year it represents a shift of impressive dimensions”.

3,697 Municipalities voting

At the polls, which will open on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June at the same time as the European and other administrative elections, writes the economic-financial daily, “they will in fact 3,697 Municipalities, i.e. 46.8% of the 7,899 municipalities present in the country today“. “On a geographical level, the most significant administrative renewal concerns Tuscany, where 62% of the Municipalities go to vote (184, of which 34 with more than 15 thousand inhabitants and therefore interested in a possible run-off if no one wins an absolute majority in the first round) starting from Florence. The majority of local governments and councils has also reached the end of the race in Emilia-Romagna, Umbria and Molise (all three are characterized by a share of bodies up for renewal between 57 and 58%), while Piedmont, Lombardy and Marche are waiting the vote in more than four out of 10 Municipalities”.

Election campaigns

“The local electoral campaigns will instead be less intense in a large part of the Centre-South, from Calabria to Puglia, from Campania to Lazio – writes Il Sole 24 Ore -, where the polls will be open in less than a quarter of the Municipalities, and very sporadic in the autonomous territories of Trentino Alto Adige and above all of the Aosta Valley, where only the small municipality of Jovencan goes to vote (just over 700 inhabitants on the outskirts of the capital). On a political level, the scene will be dominated in particular by Florence and from Bari, but in some ways the next round is the electoral turn of the medium-sized cities”.

“In the range between 100 thousand and 250 thousand inhabitants there are 32 cities in Italy, and 24 of them go to vote, that is 75 percent. The capitals that are heating up the electoral machine are 27, and there the counter starts from 15 to 12 for the centre-left, meaning that broad field whose existence (together with its real borders) will be put to the test in the field for the first time precisely in June”.

“About 3,500 municipalities, therefore almost 95% of those called to vote, do not have 15 thousand inhabitants and therefore will play the June challenges in a single round. Below 10 thousand residents, where local politics generally develops through civic lists formally and often even substantially distant from the parties, people go to vote in 3,281 municipalities, 49 percent of the total”.