1938 Uruguayan constitutional referendum

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A double referendum on constitutional reform was held in Uruguay on 27 March 1938. Both sets of reforms were approved by voters.[1][2]

Proposed changes[edit]

The first set of reforms had been proposed in a constitutional law on 30 December 1936.[1] They would recognise the "lema" system of factions within political parties and allow several presidential candidates for each lema.[1] The most voted for candidate from the most voted for lema would win the presidential election.[1] The law would also reorganise the Senate.[1]

The second set of reforms were put forward by the General Assembly on 24 February 1938.[2] They would restrict each lema to a single candidate for president, as well as reorganising local government.[2] As this was an administrative initiative by two-fifths of the Assembly, a majority of registered voters voting in favour was required.[2] This was achieved, with 52.47% of all registered voters approving the reforms.[2]

Results[edit]

Proposal I[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 333,802 93.45
Against 23,385 6.55
Invalid/blank votes
Total 357,187 100
Registered voters/turnout 636,171
Source: Direct Democracy

Proposal II[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 333,802 97.99
Against 6'847 2.01
Invalid/blank votes
Total 340,649 100
Registered voters/turnout 636,171
Source: Direct Democracy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Uruguay, 27 March 1938: Constitutional reform I Direct Democracy (in German)
  2. ^ a b c d e Uruguay, 27 March 1938: Constitutional reform II Direct Democracy (in German)