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Voter turnout down 6% at Italian elections

Public disaffection with politicians seen as factor

Voter turnout down 6% at Italian elections

Rome, February 25 - Voter turnout at Italian elections were down roughly 6% with respect to the last elections in 2008, according to the latest data Monday. An estimated 74.47% of eligible voters cast a ballot in Senate elections, down from 80.77%, while 74.93% cast votes for the House, down from 80.65%. A greater number of Italians are eligible to vote for the House, where the minimum age limit is 18, compared to 25 for the Senate. Analysts had long suspected a smaller showing at this year's elections citing high voter disaffection with Italian politics following a spate of scandals and a recession. Pundits have also pointed to bad weather as a factor.

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