The Italian electorate continues to decline to vote in numbers greater than at any general election since the Second World War. At 10pm the polling stations closed for the night; figures were over 7% down on those for 2008 when, at the close of polling on the Monday, over 80% of those entitled to vote had voted. Polling is usually stronger on the Sunday than on a working day and the polls close at 3pm not 10pm on the second day of voting, so that percentage may well rise.
The vote is down more in the South than in the North which could suggest that snow and poor conditions are not the major factor affecting the poll. The South usually votes more heavily to the Right so abstentions may be theirs disproportionately; however the fact that the Veneto, which votes Right, has not lost voters, undermines that conclusion too.
There were still over 15% of the voters undecided as the polls opened yesterday morning. Angels are going into Florence to vote this morning; perhaps reading the papers on the train will help make up my mind.
14 hours ago