Veneto, Italy, local Obligatory referendum [LOR] - Referendum consultivo

General Typology

Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Veneto, Italy
Political level
Local Name:
Referendum consultivo
Normative Level:
Legally Binding:
Legally Defined:

Art. 27 - Consultative referendum.
1. The Regional Council may decide to hold consultative referendums of the populations concerned on measures or proposals for measures falling within the competence of the Council, when requested by the Regional Council or citizens or local authorities, in accordance with regional law.
2. If a majority of those entitled to vote has taken part in the vote, the Council shall examine the matter within ninety days of the announcement of the results and give reasons for any decisions taken in divergence.
3. A consultative referendum shall not be permitted in the cases provided for in Article 26(4) and (5).
4. Draft laws on the establishment of new communes and changes in local districts or municipal denominations shall be subject to a consultative referendum of the populations concerned, as provided for by law.

References: Legge regionale statutaria 17 aprile 2012, n. 1; STATUTO DEL VENETO (accessed April 14, 2020)

Art. 25
Proposals for laws concerning the establishment of new municipalities and changes in the districts or municipal denominations that the Council deems worthy of acceptance are submitted to a consultative referendum of the populations concerned.
The deliberation adopted by the Presidency Office of the Council, after examination of the proposal by the competent Council Commission, and containing the determinations indicated in the second paragraph of art. 24, must be sent to the President of the Regional Government, who shall call the referendum by his own decree, to be issued forty-five days before the date set for consultation.

Art. 26
For carrying out the operations relating to the referendum referred to in Articles 24 and 25, the rules set out in Articles 15, paragraphs 2 bis, 2 ter, 2 quater, 17, 18, 19, 20, of this law shall apply. The holding of the referendum and its results must be explicitly mentioned in the legislative or administrative measure that the Regional Council or the Government will adopt on the matter.

Art. 15
1. Where the decision of the Regional Referendum Commission has recognised the rituality of the individual referendum proposal and where it does not conflict with Article 46 of the Statute, the Regional Council shall decide on its admissibility by 30 June of the same year.
2. The deliberation of the Regional Council, published in the Official Bulletin of the Region, is immediately communicated to the President of the Regional Government who, with his own decree to be issued at least sixty days before the consultation, calls the referendum for a Sunday in October of the same year.
2a. On Sundays on which regional referenda are held, voting shall take place between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
2b. Voting shall begin immediately after the closure of the vote, shall continue without interruption and shall end without delay before 2 p.m. on Monday. If, for reasons of force majeure, the above operations cannot be completed by 2 p.m. on Monday, immediately afterwards the President of the seat shall take steps as provided for in Article 73 of Presidential Decree No 361 of 30 March 1957. "Approval of the consolidated text of the laws laying down rules for the election of the Chamber of Deputies" and subsequent amendments.
2c. On the occasion of the abrogative referendum consultations called by the Region, a fixed lump-sum fee equal to that provided for similar State consultations by Article 3 of Law No 62 of 16 April 2002 'Amendments and additions to the provisions of the law relating to the electoral procedure' shall be paid to the presidents and members of the section election offices.

Art. 18
The referendum ballot papers, consisting of paper of a unique type and identical colour for each proposal, are prepared by the Region with the characteristics resulting from the model reproduced in the attached tables and contain the question formulated in the referendum proposal literally transcribed in clear and legible characters. The voters are given as many different coloured ballots for voting as there are admitted referendum proposals. The voter votes by drawing a mark on the ballot with the pencil on the answer chosen by him or her or in any case in the rectangle that contains it.


Subject Matter:

To call a referendum on proposals for laws concerning the establishment of new municipalities and changes in the districts or municipal denominations 


Decision maker:
Local electorate concerned


Available Time:
Turnout Quorum:
50% of the electorate
Approval Quorum:
Majority of valid votes
Geographical Quorum:
Excluded Issues:
Other Formal Requirements:

Procedural Elements

Wording Of Ballot Question:
Interaction With Authorities:
Supervision And Support:
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