Electoral divisions of Chile

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Chile has two distinct electoral division systems:

  • To elect members of the Chamber of Deputies and of the Senate, Chile is divided into several electoral divisions, namely electoral districts and senatorial constituencies.
  • To elect members of the Regional Councils, Chile is divided into several provincial constituencies, each of which correspond to one province, except for a few ones that are divided into several constituencies.


Electoral districts[edit]

There are 60 electoral districts (distrito electoral). Each district elects two deputies. Districts are made of groups of communes.

District Region Communes Population[1]
(2002 census)
 % of total
population
VAP Enrolled Total
votes
Valid
votes
Turnout E/VAP T/VAP V/VAP
1 Arica and Parinacota Arica, Camarones, Putre, General Lagos 189,644 1.3% 131,900 111,699 82,438 74,721 73.8% 84.7% 62.5% 56.6%
2 Tarapacá Iquique, Huara, Camiña, Colchane, Pica, Pozo Almonte, Alto Hospicio 238,950 1.6% 217,175 125,620 100,659 93,105 80.1% 57.8% 46.3% 42.9%
3 Antofagasta Tocopilla, María Elena, Calama, Ollagüe, San Pedro de Atacama 175,205 1.2% 126,235 94,336 74,572 65,886 79.0% 74.7% 59.1% 52.2%
4 Antofagasta Antofagasta, Mejillones, Sierra Gorda, Taltal 318,779 2.1% 274,313 148,543 124,270 110,858 83.7% 54.2% 45.3% 40.4%
5 Atacama Chañaral, Diego de Almagro, Copiapó 161,223 1.1% 128,050 79,247 66,737 61,076 84.2% 61.9% 52.1% 47.7%
6 Atacama Caldera, Tierra Amarilla, Vallenar, Freirina, Huasco, Alto del Carmen 93,113 0.6% 66,816 57,092 47,856 43,260 83.8% 85.4% 71.6% 64.7%
7 Coquimbo La Serena, La Higuera, Vicuña, Paiguano, Andacollo 202,335 1.3% 177,984 111,506 97,551 88,930 87.5% 62.6% 54.8% 50.0%
8 Coquimbo Coquimbo, Ovalle, Río Hurtado 265,896 1.8% 229,291 129,887 114,297 106,372 88.0% 56.6% 49.8% 46.4%
9 Coquimbo Combarbalá, Punitaqui, Monte Patria, Illapel, Salamanca, Los Vilos, Canela 134,979 0.9% 100,999 78,935 65,760 60,636 83.3% 78.2% 65.1% 60.0%
10 Valparaíso La Ligua, Petorca, Cabildo, Papudo, Zapallar, Puchuncaví, Quintero, Nogales, Calera, La Cruz, Quillota, Hijuelas 280,655 1.9% 231,725 166,787 151,165 136,805 90.6% 72.0% 65.2% 59.0%
11 Valparaíso Los Andes, San Esteban, Calle Larga, Rinconada, San Felipe, Putaendo, Santa María, Panquehue, Llaillay, Catemu 223,594 1.5% 186,085 127,631 116,197 106,992 91.0% 68.6% 62.4% 57.5%
12 Valparaíso Olmué, Limache, Villa Alemana, Quilpué 277,525 1.8% 253,998 155,295 136,331 121,650 87.8% 61.1% 53.7% 47.9%
13 Valparaíso Valparaíso, Juan Fernández, Isla de Pascua 280,406 1.9% 210,529 173,947 145,787 130,751 83.8% 82.6% 69.2% 62.1%
14 Valparaíso Viña del Mar, Concón 319,204 2.1% 261,273 202,518 174,962 159,004 86.4% 77.5% 67.0% 60.9%
15 Valparaíso San Antonio, Santo Domingo, Cartagena, El Tabo, El Quisco, Algarrobo, Casablanca 158,468 1.0% 143,078 102,863 92,954 85,760 90.4% 71.9% 65.0% 59.9%
16 Santiago Colina, Lampa, Tiltil, Quilicura, Pudahuel 454,969 3.0% 442,415 196,354 181,399 164,475 92.4% 44.4% 41.0% 37.2%
17 Santiago Conchalí, Renca, Huechuraba 340,844 2.3% 237,603 174,946 157,655 140,469 90.1% 73.6% 66.4% 59.1%
18 Santiago Cerro Navia, Quinta Normal, Lo Prado 356,640 2.4% 236,121 185,340 166,885 150,425 90.0% 78.5% 70.7% 63.7%
19 Santiago Recoleta, Independencia 213,699 1.4% 138,808 131,104 115,167 102,642 87.8% 94.4% 83.0% 73.9%
20 Santiago Estación Central, Cerrillos, Maipú 670,690 4.4% 699,393 294,624 267,571 241,446 90.8% 42.1% 38.3% 34.5%
21 Santiago Providencia, Ñuñoa 284,385 1.9% 224,404 219,453 190,697 177,839 86.9% 97.8% 85.0% 79.2%
22 Santiago Santiago 200,792 1.3% 138,022 139,240 119,474 108,786 85.8% 100.9% 86.6% 78.8%
23 Santiago Las Condes, Vitacura, Lo Barnechea 406,141 2.7% 356,860 256,711 228,983 215,643 89.2% 71.9% 64.2% 60.4%
24 Santiago La Reina, Peñalolén 312,822 2.1% 248,132 163,297 148,120 135,303 90.7% 65.8% 59.7% 54.5%
25 Santiago Macul, San Joaquín, La Granja 342,680 2.3% 232,383 181,069 161,616 142,146 89.3% 77.9% 69.5% 61.2%
26 Santiago La Florida 365,674 2.4% 303,912 168,849 154,173 141,103 91.3% 55.6% 50.7% 46.4%
27 Santiago El Bosque, La Cisterna, San Ramón 355,618 2.4% 243,119 189,698 169,440 149,776 89.3% 78.0% 69.7% 61.6%
28 Santiago Pedro Aguirre Cerda, San Miguel, Lo Espejo 306,232 2.0% 203,393 183,352 162,779 146,294 88.8% 90.1% 80.0% 71.9%
29 Santiago Puente Alto, Pirque, San José de Maipo, La Pintana 712,941 4.7% 659,161 228,013 209,409 184,587 91.8% 34.6% 31.8% 28.0%
30 Santiago San Bernardo, Buin, Paine, Calera de Tango 378,444 2.5% 322,710 185,875 169,866 152,201 91.4% 57.6% 52.6% 47.2%
31 Santiago Talagante, Peñaflor, El Monte, Isla de Maipo, Melipilla, María Pinto, Curacaví, Alhué, San Pedro, Padre Hurtado 358,614 2.4% 300,179 195,395 182,129 163,708 93.2% 65.1% 60.7% 54.5%
32 O'Higgins Rancagua 214,344 1.4% 175,330 108,471 98,630 90,298 90.9% 61.9% 56.3% 51.5%
33 O'Higgins Mostazal, Graneros, Codegua, Machalí, Requínoa, Rengo, Olivar, Doñihue, Coinco, Coltauco, Quinta de Tilcoco, Malloa 236,358 1.6% 191,752 139,992 130,457 117,289 93.2% 73.0% 68.0% 61.2%
34 O'Higgins San Fernando, Chimbarongo, San Vicente, Peumo, Pichidegua, Las Cabras 188,247 1.2% 151,199 109,415 101,090 93,894 92.4% 72.4% 66.9% 62.1%
35 O'Higgins Placilla, Nancagua, Chépica, Santa Cruz, Lolol, Pumanque, Palmilla, Peralillo, Navidad, Litueche, La Estrella, Pichilemu, Marchihue, Paredones 141,678 0.9% 112,478 93,316 84,467 78,037 90.5% 83.0% 75.1% 69.4%
36 Maule Curicó, Teno, Romeral, Molina, Sagrada Familia, Hualañé, Licantén, Vichuquén, Rauco 244,053 1.6% 198,539 141,956 130,790 119,898 92.1% 71.5% 65.9% 60.4%
37 Maule Talca 201,797 1.3% 171,840 101,083 90,845 83,967 89.9% 58.8% 52.9% 48.9%
38 Maule Curepto, Constitución, Empedrado, Pencahue, Maule, San Clemente, Pelarco, Río Claro, San Rafael 151,169 1.0% 116,050 92,478 82,820 76,507 89.6% 79.7% 71.4% 65.9%
39 Maule Linares, Colbún, San Javier, Villa Alegre, Yerbas Buenas 169,520 1.1% 130,381 103,483 90,468 83,491 87.4% 79.4% 69.4% 64.0%
40 Maule Longaví, Retiro, Parral, Cauquenes, Pelluhue, Chanco 141,558 0.9% 105,142 91,096 78,463 72,949 86.1% 86.6% 74.6% 69.4%
41 Biobío Chillán, Coihueco, Pinto, San Ignacio, El Carmen, Pemuco, Yungay, Chillán Viejo 272,081 1.8% 213,455 154,180 136,256 125,991 88.4% 72.2% 63.8% 59.0%
42 Biobío San Fabián, Ñiquén, San Carlos, San Nicolás, Ninhue, Quirihue, Cobquecura, Treguaco, Portezuelo, Coelemu, Ránquil, Quillón, Bulnes, Cabrero, Yumbel 211,802 1.4% 157,287 142,296 122,545 112,459 86.1% 90.5% 77.9% 71.5%
43 Biobío Talcahuano, Hualpén 250,348 1.7% 192,901 137,077 118,209 107,257 86.2% 71.1% 61.3% 55.6%
44 Biobío Concepción, San Pedro de la Paz, Chiguayante 377,810 2.5% 320,848 206,846 180,532 167,843 87.3% 64.5% 56.3% 52.3%
45 Biobío Tomé, Penco, Florida, Hualqui, Coronel, Santa Juana 235,642 1.6% 188,420 140,963 124,924 113,555 88.6% 74.8% 66.3% 60.3%
46 Biobío Lota, Lebu, Arauco, Curanilahue, Los Álamos, Cañete, Contulmo, Tirúa 206,344 1.4% 150,714 123,242 106,442 97,420 86.4% 81.8% 70.6% 64.6%
47 Biobío Los Ángeles, Tucapel, Antuco, Quilleco, Santa Bárbara, Quilaco, Mulchén, Negrete, Nacimiento, San Rosendo, Laja, Alto Biobío 307,535 2.0% 240,503 174,267 150,628 137,868 86.4% 72.5% 62.6% 57.3%
48 Araucanía Angol, Renaico, Collipulli, Ercilla, Los Sauces, Purén, Lumaco, Traiguén 140,907 0.9% 97,638 88,296 72,931 67,446 82.6% 90.4% 74.7% 69.1%
49 Araucanía Victoria, Curacautín, Lonquimay, Melipeuco, Vilcún, Lautaro, Perquenco, Galvarino 140,091 0.9% 101,118 89,302 73,425 66,797 82.2% 88.3% 72.6% 66.1%
50 Araucanía Temuco, Padre Las Casas 304,142 2.0% 265,574 150,388 128,930 120,052 85.7% 56.6% 48.5% 45.2%
51 Araucanía Carahue, Nueva Imperial, Saavedra, Teodoro Schmidt, Freire, Pitrufquén, Cholchol 142,795 0.9% 106,139 86,895 73,235 67,023 84.3% 81.9% 69.0% 63.1%
52 Araucanía Cunco, Pucón, Curarrehue, Villarrica, Loncoche, Gorbea, Toltén 141,600 0.9% 112,773 86,261 72,761 67,591 84.3% 76.5% 64.5% 59.9%
53 Los Ríos Valdivia, Lanco, Mariquina, Máfil, Corral 186,565 1.2% 149,295 107,308 90,736 83,776 84.6% 71.9% 60.8% 56.1%
54 Los Ríos Panguipulli, Los Lagos, Futrono, Lago Ranco, Río Bueno, La Unión, Paillaco 169,831 1.1% 123,147 98,249 83,748 77,496 85.2% 79.8% 68.0% 62.9%
55 Los Lagos Osorno, San Juan de la Costa, San Pablo 164,468 1.1% 129,621 97,096 84,502 77,595 87.0% 74.9% 65.2% 59.9%
56 Los Lagos Puyehue, Río Negro, Purranque, Puerto Octay, Fresia, Frutillar, Llanquihue, Puerto Varas, Los Muermos 151,583 1.0% 114,001 92,626 82,407 76,494 89.0% 81.3% 72.3% 67.1%
57 Los Lagos Puerto Montt, Cochamó, Maullín, Calbuco 226,951 1.5% 202,368 113,521 97,605 87,526 86.0% 56.1% 48.2% 43.3%
58 Los Lagos Castro, Ancud, Quemchi, Dalcahue, Curaco de Vélez, Quinchao, Puqueldón, Chonchi, Queilén, Quellón, Chaitén, Hualaihué, Futaleufú, Palena 173,737 1.1% 144,130 97,470 82,926 75,564 85.1% 67.6% 57.5% 52.4%
59 Aisén Coihaique, Lago Verde, Aisén, Cisnes, Guaitecas, Chile Chico, Río Ibáñez, Cochrane, O'Higgins, Tortel 91,492 0.6% 72,475 58,540 43,734 40,961 74.7% 80.8% 60.3% 56.5%
60 Magallanes Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Punta Arenas, Río Verde, Laguna Blanca, San Gregorio, Porvenir, Primavera, Timaukel, Cabo de Hornos, Antártica 150,826 1.0% 116,734 99,847 72,132 66,163 72.2% 85.5% 61.8% 56.7%

Notes: "VAP" is voting age population (population 18 and above on 13 December 2009); "Valid votes" is equal to "Total votes" minus null votes and blank votes; "T" are total votes; "E" is enrolled population; "V" are valid votes. The voting results are for the 13 December 2009 Chamber of Deputies election.

Senatorial constituencies[edit]

There are 19 senatorial constituencies (circunscripción senatorial). Each region constitutes a senatorial constituency, except regions V, RM, VII, VIII and IX, which are each divided into two senatorial constituencies. Each senatorial constituency elects two Senators. Senatorial constituencies which are not full regions are made up of several electoral districts within a region.

In 2009 the Constitution was modified so that each region constitutes at least one senatorial constituency. The law determining senatorial constituencies has not been revised to reflect this change, so the list continues to be as follows:

Senatorial
constituency
Informal name Geographical composition Last election
1 Arica and Parinacota Region (XV), Tarapacá Region (I) 2009
2 Antofagasta Region (II) 2013
3 Atacama Region (III) 2009
4 Coquimbo Region (IV) 2013
5 Valparaíso Cordillera Districts 10, 11 and 12 of Valparaíso Region (V) 2009
6 Valparaíso Coast Districts 13, 14 and 15 of Valparaíso Region (V) 2009
7 Santiago West Districts 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 30 and 31 of Santiago Metropolitan Region (RM) 2013
8 Santiago East Districts 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 of Santiago Metropolitan Region (RM) 2013
9 O'Higgins Region (VI) 2013
10 Maule North Districts 36, 37 and 38 of Maule Region (VII) 2009
11 Maule South Districts 39 and 40 of Maule Region (VII) 2009
12 Biobío Cordillera Districts 42, 43, 44 and 45 of Biobío Region (VIII) 2013
13 Biobío Coast Districts 41, 46 and 47 of Biobío Region (VIII) 2013
14 Araucanía North Districts 48 and 49 of Araucanía Region (IX) 2009
15 Araucanía South Districts 50, 51 and 52 of Araucanía Region (IX) 2009
16 Los Ríos Region (XIV) [Before August 15, 2009: Los Ríos Region (XIV) and district 55 of Los Lagos Region (X)][2] 2013
17 Los Lagos Region (X) [Before August 15, 2009: Districts 56, 57 and 58 of Los Lagos Region (X)][2] 2013
18 Aisén Region (XI) 2009
19 Magallanes Region (XII) 2013

Provincial constituencies[edit]

There are 64 provincial constituencies (circunscripción provincial). Each province constitutes a provincial constituency, except Valparaíso, Santiago, Cachapoal, Concepción and Cautín, which are divided into two, six, two, three and two constituencies, respectively.[3] The number of council members each constituency elects depends on its population.

Region Provincial constituencies
Arica and Parinacota Arica, Parinacota
Tarapacá El Tamarugal, Iquique
Antofagasta Antofagasta, El Loa, Tocopilla
Atacama Chañaral, Copiapo, Huasco
Coquimbo Choapa, Elqui, Limarí
Valparaíso Isla de Pascua, Los Andes, Marga Marga, Petorca, Quillota, San Antonio, San Felipe de Aconcagua, Valparaíso (first), Valparaíso (second)
Santiago Chacabuco, Cordillera, Maipo, Melipilla, Santiago (first), Santiago (second), Santiago (third), Santiago (fourth), Santiago (fifth), Santiago (sixth), Talagante
O'Higgins Cachapoal (first), Cachapoal (second), Cardenal Caro, Colchagua
Maule Cauquenes, Curicó, Linares, Talca
Biobío Arauco, Biobío, Concepción (first), Concepción (second), Concepcion (third), Nuble
Araucanía Cautín (first), Cautín (second), Malleco
Los Ríos Ranco, Valdivia
Los Lagos Chiloé, Llanquihue, Osorno, Palena
Aisén Aysén, Captain Prat, Coyhaique, General Carrera
Magallanes Antártica Chilena, Magallanes, Tierra del Fuego, Última Esperanza

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Institute of Statistics". Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Artículo undécimo", Law 20,174, National Congress of Chile.
  3. ^ División electoral de Chile desde 1989 en adelante.