Voter turnout down 20% in Rome elections

Only one in two cast ballots amid political disaffection

Voter turnout down 20% in Rome elections

Rome, May 27 - Voter turnout in Rome elections was down more than 20% as polls closed Monday, the city said. Only 52.78% of Romans cast ballots over a two-day voting period, down from 73.52% at the last mayoral elections in 2008. In elections in 564 towns and cities across Italy Sunday and Monday, voter turnout was estimated at 67.1% of the eligible population, down 11%. The ranks of disaffected Italian voters have been growing especially since inconclusive February general elections led to a hung parliament and two months of political gridlock. In a poll last month, fully 50% of those surveyed expressed no support for any current political party or movement.

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