Catalan constitutional referendum, 2006

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A referendum on the new Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia was held in Catalonia, Spain, on June 18, 2006. The referendum was successful and the new statute came into effect on August 9, 2006.

From the total votes, 73.24% were in favour of the new Statute, while 20.57% were against. Still, this referendum was noted for its unprecedently high abstention, with a voter turnout of 48.85%. The fact that, all in all, roughly one-third of the electorate voted for it —the rest either did not vote or voted against— is mentioned by its critics.

Neither supporters nor opponents came really satisfied out of this referendum: opponents saw the new Statute passed while those supportive were disappointed by the widespread indifference towards this voting.


Answer Number of votes % of votes
Yes 1,882,650 73.90%
No 528,721 20.76%
Blank ballots 136,061 5.34%
Void ballots 23,046 0.90%
Turnout 2,570,478 (49.41%)

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