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Italy: Polling stations open in Venice for autonomy vote02:17

Italy: Polling stations open in Venice for autonomy vote

Italy, Venice
October 22, 2017 at 10:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

Polling stations in Veneto and Lombardy regions opened early on Sunday morning, footage shot in Venice shows, as the northern Italian regions vote in a non-binding referendum to demand more autonomy from the state. Voters in the Veneto region held a paper ballot, while the Lombardy region is using more modern electronic tablets to complete their vote. A successful vote could open negotiations with Rome where the fiscal autonomy for the regions would be discussed. Autonomy of the regions would offer certain tax incentives for their inhabitants, but they believe that remaining a European Union member is a priority for the future. One voter explained that, "Europe has been united why we should divide it? And start all over again? There are enough crises already!" Poll estimations for turnout are currently predicting 42 percent, which would make the referendum invalid as a successful turnout of 50 percent of the population is required for the vote to be upheld.

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Polling stations in Veneto and Lombardy regions opened early on Sunday morning, footage shot in Venice shows, as the northern Italian regions vote in a non-binding referendum to demand more autonomy from the state. Voters in the Veneto region held a paper ballot, while the Lombardy region is using more modern electronic tablets to complete their vote. A successful vote could open negotiations with Rome where the fiscal autonomy for the regions would be discussed. Autonomy of the regions would offer certain tax incentives for their inhabitants, but they believe that remaining a European Union member is a priority for the future. One voter explained that, "Europe has been united why we should divide it? And start all over again? There are enough crises already!" Poll estimations for turnout are currently predicting 42 percent, which would make the referendum invalid as a successful turnout of 50 percent of the population is required for the vote to be upheld.

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