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On 25–26 May 2003, voters in Valle d’Aosta, 12 provinces (including
Rome), and 93 of the 600 local governments selected with a two-ballot
system (including 9 of the 103 provincial capitals) were called to
the polls. A fortnight later, regional elections were held in Friuli-
Venezia Giulia and 3 other provincial capitals. On 26 October, elections
were held in the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano.
The elections in the spring involved more than 12 million voters and
the following autumn, another 800,000 in Trentino-Alto Adige.
Although the number of voters was not insignificant, the 2003 elections
were nonetheless partial. The regions and autonomous provinces
called to the polls were exclusively in the North, while the local
and provincial polls were over-representative of the South (especially
Sicily) and under-representative of the “Red” areas of the country.
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