Castilian-Leonese regional election, 2011

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Castilian-Leonese regional election, 2011
Castile and León
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All 84 seats in the Cortes of Castile and León
43 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered 2,166,385 Red Arrow Down.svg0.2%
Turnout 1,462,397 (67.5%)
Red Arrow Down.svg3.2 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  Juan Vicente Herrera 2014 (cropped).jpg Óscar López 2010 (cropped).jpg José María González Suárez 2014 (cropped).jpg
Leader Juan Vicente Herrera Óscar López José María González
Leader since 16 March 2001 20 September 2008 2007
Last election 48 seats, 49.2% 33 seats, 37.7% 0 seats, 3.1%
Seats won 53 29 1
Seat change Green Arrow Up Darker.svg5 Red Arrow Down.svg4 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1
Popular vote 739,502 425,777 69,872
Percentage 51.6% 29.7% 4.9%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg2.4 pp Red Arrow Down.svg8.0 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1.8 pp

  Fourth party
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Leader Alejandro Valderas
Party UPL
Leader since 2011
Last election 2 seats, 2.7%
Seats won 1
Seat change Red Arrow Down.svg1
Popular vote 26,660
Percentage 1.9%
Swing Red Arrow Down.svg0.8 pp

President before election

Juan Vicente Herrera

Elected President

Juan Vicente Herrera

The 2011 Castilian-Leonese regional election was held on Sunday, 22 May 2011, to elect the 8th Cortes of the Autonomous Community of Castile and León. All 84 seats in the Cortes were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in 12 other autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain.

The elections were won by the People's Party (pp), which had formed the government of the region since the second democratic election in 1987 and had won a majority of seats since the 1991 election. Both the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and Leonese People's Union (UPL) lost seats, while United Left (IU) won its first seat since the 1999 election.

One of the first tasks of the Courts was to elect the President of Castile and León from among their number, with the incumbent President, Juan Vicente Herrera of the PP, being re-elected.

Electoral system[edit]

The number of seats in the regional Courts was determined by the population count. For the 2011 election, the Courts size was set to 84 seats. All Courts members were elected in 9 multi-member districts, corresponding to Castile and León's nine provinces, using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation system. Each district was entitled to an initial minimum of 3 seats, with 1 additional seat per each 45,000 inhabitants or fraction greater than 22,500. For the 2011 election, seats were distributed as follows: Avila (7), Burgos (11), Leon (14), Palencia (7), Salamanca (11), Segovia (7), Soria (5), Valladolid (15) and Zamora (7).

Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 3% of valid votes in each district (which include blank ballots—for none of the above) were entitled to enter the seat distribution.[1]

Opinion polls[edit]


Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed in bold, and the background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. The lead column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the two parties with the highest figures. Poll results use the date the survey's fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. However, if such date is unknown, the date of publication will be given instead.

Seat projections[edit]

Opinion polls showing seat projections are displayed in the table below. The highest seat figures in each polling survey have their background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. 43 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Courts of Castile and León.



Summary of the 22 May 2011 Cortes of Castile and León election results
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 739,502 51.55 +2.38 53 +5
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 425,777 29.68 –8.05 29 –4
United Left of Castile and León (IUCyL) 69,872 4.87 +1.79 1 +1
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 47,040 3.28 New 0 ±0
Leonese People's Union (UPL) 26,660 1.86 –0.87 1 –1
Blank ballots 47,008 3.28 +1.30
Total 1,434,412 100.00 84 +1
Valid votes 1,434,412 98.09 –1.11
Invalid votes 27,985 1.91 +1.11
Votes cast / turnout 1,462,397 67.50 –3.20
Abstentions 703,988 32.50 +3.20
Registered voters 2,166,385
Source(s): Cortes of Castile and León,
Popular vote
Blank ballots


  1. ^ This survey shows its poll results projected over candidacy votes (that is, votes going for political parties, excluding blank ballots). The vote percentage in the official election is calculated including blank ballots into the estimation. In order to obtain data comparable to both the official results as well as those of other surveys, a rule of three has been applied to the survey projections, with the results of the calculation being shown instead.