Cuenca (Spanish Congress electoral district)

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Cuenca
Congress of Deputies
Electoral Constituency
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Location of Cuenca within Spain
Province Cuenca
Autonomous community Castilla-La Mancha
Population 203,841 (2016)
Electorate 157,835 (2016)
Major settlements Cuenca
Current constituency
Created 1977
Seats 4 (1977–1982)
3 (1986–)

Cuenca is one of the 52 constituencies (Spanish: circunscripciones) represented in the Congress of Deputies—the lower chamber of the Spanish parliament, the Cortes Generales—. The constituency elects three deputies. The electoral system uses the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation, with a minimum threshold of 3%.

Overview[edit]

The constituency was created as per the Political Reform Act 1977 and was first contested in the 1977 general election. The Act provided for the provinces of Spain to be established as multi-member districts for the Congress of Deputies,[1] with this regulation being maintained under Article 68.2 of the Spanish Constitution of 1978. Additionally, Article 141.1 of the Constitution would require for any modification of the provincial limits to be approved under an organic law, needing an absolute majority in the Cortes Generales.[2]

The Spanish electoral system is regulated under the General Electoral System Organic Law 5/1985. Voting is on the basis of universal suffrage, with all nationals over eighteen and in the full enjoyment of all political rights entitled to vote—the only exception being in 1977, when this was limited to nationals over twenty-one and in the full enjoyment of all political and civil rights—. A 2011 amendment to the electoral law required for Spaniards abroad to apply for voting before being permitted to vote, a system known as "requested" or expat vote (Spanish: Voto rogado). Provinces are entitled to an initial minimum of two seats, with additional seats awarded in proportion to population. The number of seats allocated to Cuenca is currently set at three. Deputies are elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with a threshold of 3% of valid votes—which includes blank ballots—being applied. Parties not reaching the threshold are not taken into consideration for seat distribution.[2][3][4]

Registered parties and federations of parties are allowed to field candidates, as well as party alliances formed within 10 days from the Cortes' dissolution. Additionally, groups of electors—a legal figure in Spain referring to temporary associations of citizens grouped for the sole purpose of contesting a particular election—are required to obtain the signatures of at least 1% of registered voters in the district in order to be able to field candidates. Since 2011, parties, federations of parties and coalitions left out from the Congress in the previous election are also required to obtain the signatures of at least 0.1% of registered voters in the districts they intend to contest. No party, federation, coalition or group of electors may field more than one list of candidates per district for the same election, and member parties of a contesting federation or alliance are barred from fielding their own lists. From 2002—and in compliance with the Political Parties Organic Law 6/2002—fielded candidates are also forbidden from continuing or succeeding the activities of judicially illegalized, dissolved, or suspended political parties.[3]

Deputies[edit]

Deputies for Cuenca 1977–
Legislature Election Distribution
Constituent 1977
1 3
1st 1979
1 3
2nd 1982
2 2
3rd 1986
2 1
4th 1989
2 1
5th 1993
1 2
6th 1996
1 2
7th 2000
1 2
8th 2004
1 2
9th 2008
1 2
10th 2011
1 2
11th 2015
1 2
12th 2016
1 2

Elections[edit]

2016 general election[edit]

Summary of the 26 June 2016 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 53,004 45.75 +3.85 2 ±0
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 34,426 29.72 –0.85 1 ±0
United We Can (PodemosIUeQuo)1 15,263 13.17 –1.48 0 ±0
Citizens–Party of the Citizenry (C's) 10,868 9.38 –1.40 0 ±0
Blank ballots 823 0.71 –0.06
Total 115,849 100.00 3 ±0
Valid votes 115,849 98.92 +0.05
Invalid votes 1,269 1.08 –0.05
Votes cast / turnout 117,118 74.20 –2.88
Abstentions 40,717 25.80 +2.88
Registered voters 157,835
Source: Ministry of the Interior

2015 general election[edit]

Summary of the 20 December 2015 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 50,736 41.90 –14.01 2 ±0
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 37,019 30.57 –2.44 1 ±0
We Can (Podemos) 14,113 11.65 New 0 ±0
Citizens–Party of the Citizenry (C's) 13,049 10.78 New 0 ±0
United LeftPopular Unity in Common (IU–UPeC) 3,628 3.00 –1.77 0 ±0
Blank ballots 931 0.77 –0.62
Total 121,095 100.00 3 ±0
Valid votes 121,095 98.87 +0.33
Invalid votes 1,382 1.13 –0.33
Votes cast / turnout 122,477 77.08 –0.56
Abstentions 36,409 22.92 +0.56
Registered voters 158,886
Source: Ministry of the Interior

2011 general election[edit]

Summary of the 20 November 2011 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 69,939 55.91 +6.07 2 ±0
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 41,293 33.01 –12.19 1 ±0
United Left of Castilla-La ManchaThe Greens: Plural Left (IUCLM–LV) 5,968 4.77 +2.39 0 ±0
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 4,468 3.57 +2.81 0 ±0
Blank ballots 1,737 1.39 +0.44
Total 125,092 100.00 3 ±0
Valid votes 125,092 98.54 –0.70
Invalid votes 1,853 1.46 +0.70
Votes cast / turnout 126,945 77.64 –3.88
Abstentions 36,555 22.36 +3.88
Registered voters 163,500
Source: Ministry of the Interior

2008 general election[edit]

Summary of the 9 March 2008 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 66,282 49.84 +0.11 2 ±0
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 60,108 45.20 –0.18 1 ±0
United Left–Alternative (IU) 3,168 2.38 –0.06 0 ±0
Blank ballots 1,259 0.95 –0.61
Total 132,989 100.00 3 ±0
Valid votes 132,989 99.24 +0.06
Invalid votes 1,015 0.76 –0.06
Votes cast / turnout 134,004 81.52 +0.07
Abstentions 30,383 18.48 –0.07
Registered voters 164,387
Source: Ministry of the Interior

2004 general election[edit]

Summary of the 14 March 2004 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 66,515 49.73 –3.62 2 ±0
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 60,697 45.38 +4.22 1 ±0
United Left–Left of Castilla-La Mancha (IU–ICAM) 3,258 2.44 –0.49 0 ±0
Blank ballots 2,091 1.56 +0.28
Total 133,760 100.00 3 ±0
Valid votes 133,760 99.18 +0.04
Invalid votes 1,102 0.82 –0.04
Votes cast / turnout 134,862 81.45 +2.80
Abstentions 30,714 18.55 –2.80
Registered voters 165,576
Source: Ministry of the Interior

2000 general election[edit]

Summary of the 12 March 2000 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 69,688 53.35 +3.14 2 ±0
Spanish Socialist Workers' PartyProgressives (PSOE–p) 53,762 41.16 –1.23 1 ±0
United Left (IU) 3,823 2.93 –2.68 0 ±0
Blank ballots 1,670 1.28 +0.40
Total 130,621 100.00 3 ±0
Valid votes 130,621 99.14 –0.18
Invalid votes 1,127 0.86 +0.18
Votes cast / turnout 131,748 78.65 –4.50
Abstentions 35,773 21.35 +4.50
Registered voters 167,521
Source: Ministry of the Interior

1996 general election[edit]

Summary of the 3 March 1996 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 70,199 50.21 +3.25 2 ±0
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 59,261 42.39 –1.19 1 ±0
United Left–Left of Castilla-La Mancha (IU–ICAM) 7,844 5.61 +0.48 0 ±0
Blank ballots 1,235 0.88 +0.10
Total 139,803 100.00 3 ±0
Valid votes 139,803 99.32 –0.12
Invalid votes 957 0.68 +0.12
Votes cast / turnout 140,760 83.15 +0.72
Abstentions 28,528 16.85 –0.72
Registered voters 169,288
Source: Ministry of the Interior

1993 general election[edit]

Summary of the 6 June 1993 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 64,408 46.96 +7.93 2 +1
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 59,763 43.58 –2.29 1 –1
United Left (IU) 7,041 5.13 +0.79 0 ±0
Democratic and Social Centre (CDS) 3,325 2.42 –4.76 0 ±0
Blank ballots 1,064 0.78 +0.16
Total 137,141 100.00 3 ±0
Valid votes 137,141 99.44 +0.10
Invalid votes 777 0.56 –0.10
Votes cast / turnout 137,918 82.43 +6.44
Abstentions 29,393 17.57 –6.44
Registered voters 167,311
Source: Ministry of the Interior

1989 general election[edit]

Summary of the 29 October 1989 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 58,465 45.87 +0.57 2 ±0
People's Party (PP)1 49,748 39.03 +0.06 1 ±0
Democratic and Social Centre (CDS) 9,149 7.18 –1.55 0 ±0
United Left (IU) 5,529 4.34 +1.88 0 ±0
Blank ballots 785 0.62 +0.02
Total 127,446 100.00 3 ±0
Valid votes 127,446 99.34 +0.71
Invalid votes 845 0.66 –0.71
Votes cast / turnout 128,291 75.99 +1.05
Abstentions 40,544 24.01 –1.05
Registered voters 168,835
Source: Ministry of the Interior

1986 general election[edit]

Summary of the 22 June 1986 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 57,361 45.30 +0.36 2 ±0
People's Coalition (APPDPPL)1 49,339 38.97 +7.13 1 –1
Democratic and Social Centre (CDS) 11,054 8.73 +6.92 0 ±0
United Left (IU)2 3,119 2.46 –0.75 0 ±0
Democratic Reformist Party (PRD) 1,870 1.48 New 0 ±0
Communists' Unity Board (MUC) 1,475 1.16 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 763 0.60 +0.06
Total 126,617 100.00 3 –1
Valid votes 126,617 98.63 +0.40
Invalid votes 1,758 1.37 –0.40
Votes cast / turnout 128,375 74.94 –8.18
Abstentions 42,920 25.06 +8.18
Registered voters 171,295
Source: Ministry of the Interior

1982 general election[edit]

Summary of the 28 October 1982 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 59,676 44.94 +13.44 2 +1
People's Alliance–People's Democratic Party (APPDP)1 42,274 31.84 +25.82 2 +2
Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) 20,119 15.15 –37.22 0 –3
Communist Party of Spain (PCE) 4,257 3.21 –4.98 0 ±0
New Force (FN) 2,868 2.16 New 0 ±0
Democratic and Social Centre (CDS) 2,399 1.81 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 717 0.54 +0.12
Total 132,778 100.00 4 ±0
Valid votes 132,778 98.23 –0.38
Invalid votes 2,397 1.77 +0.38
Votes cast / turnout 135,175 83.12 +9.02
Abstentions 27,456 16.88 –9.02
Registered voters 162,631
Source: Ministry of the Interior

1979 general election[edit]

Summary of the 1 March 1979 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) 64,273 52.37 –3.52 3 ±0
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)1 38,654 31.50 +7.50 1 ±0
Communist Party of Spain (PCE) 10,049 8.19 +1.91 0 ±0
Democratic Coalition (CD)2 7,388 6.02 –2.12 0 ±0
Blank ballots 518 0.42 +0.17
Total 122,718 100.00 4 ±0
Valid votes 122,718 98.61 +0.23
Invalid votes 1,732 1.39 –0.23
Votes cast / turnout 124,450 74.10 –10.81
Abstentions 43,496 25.90 +10.81
Registered voters 167,946
Source: Ministry of the Interior

1977 general election[edit]

Summary of the 15 June 1977 Congress of Deputies election results in Cuenca
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) 70,550 55.89 3
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 28,350 22.46 1
People's Alliance (AP) 10,277 8.14 0
Communist Party of Spain (PCE) 7,927 6.28 0
Spanish Social Reform (RSE) 2,024 1.60 0
People's Socialist PartySocialist Unity (PSP–US) 1,947 1.54 0
Christian Democracy FederationChristian Democracy Team (FDC–EDC) 1,646 1.30 0
Blank ballots 314 0.25
Total 126,227 100.00 4
Valid votes 126,227 98.38
Invalid votes 2,077 1.62
Votes cast / turnout 128,304 84.91
Abstentions 22,795 15.09
Registered voters 151,099
Source: Ministry of the Interior

References[edit]

  1. ^ Political Reform Act of 1977, Law No. 1 of January 4, 1977 Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved on 27 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b Spanish Constitution of 1978, December 29, 1978 Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved on 27 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b General Electoral System Organic Law of 1985, Organic Law No. 5 of June 19, 1985 Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved on 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Congress Functions". congreso.es. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 

Coordinates: 40°00′N 2°00′W / 40.000°N 2.000°W / 40.000; -2.000