2020 Emilia-Romagna regional election
The Emilia-Romagna regional election of 2020 will take place in Emilia-Romagna on 26 January 2020.
All 50 seats to the Regional Council of Emilia-Romagna
The Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna (Assemblea Legislativa dell'Emilia-Romagna) is composed of 50 members. Forty councillors are elected in provincial constituencies by proportional representation using the largest remainder method with a 3% quorum, Droop quota and open lists, while ten councillors (elected in bloc) come from a "regional list", including the President-elect. The 3% quota does not apply to parties tied to a candidate who gathers more than 5% of votes. One seat is reserved for the candidate who comes second. If a coalition wins more than 50% of the total seats in the Council with PR, only five candidates from the regional list will be picked, and the number of those elected in provincial constituencies will be forty-five. If the winning coalition receives less than 40% of the seats, special seats are added to the Council to ensure a large majority for the President's coalition.
Despite Emilia-Romagna having always been considered one of the "red regions" – a stronghold of left-wing parties since the end of the World War II – in the 2018 general election the centre-right coalition became the largest political force in the region. The 2020 regional election has been considered as the first competitive one in the history of the region.
The centre-left nominated incumbent governor Stefano Bonaccini at the head of a coalition including the Democratic Party (PD) and its left-wing allies of Free and Equal (LeU) and Green Europe (EV), as well as Italy in Common (IiC). The centre-right proposed Senator Lucia Borgonzoni, member of the League (Lega) and former undersecretary to cultural activities in Giuseppe Conte's first government. The centre-right coalition includes also Brothers of Italy (FdI) and Forza Italia (FI).
The official election campaign was opened on 14 November by the League, which organized a rally at the PalaDozza, the sport arena of Bologna. On that occasion Matteo Salvini presented the centre-right candidate Lucia Borgonzoni. At the same time, a flash mob named "6000 Sardines against Salvini" was organized in Piazza Maggiore, to peacefully protest against Salvini's campaign in Emilia-Romagna. On the following day, the Nicola Zingaretti's Democratic Party held a three-day convention in Bologna, known as Tutta un'altra storia ("A whole different story").
On 19 November, Bonaccini and Borgonzoni had their fist television debate, hosted by the talk show #Cartabianca by Bianca Berlinguer on Rai 3. The debate was followed by about 1.6 million viewers (6% share).
After a period of uncertainty regarding its participation in the regional elections, and after a decline in opinion polls and poor election results in 2019 Umbrian election, on 21 November the Five Star Movement launched a survey on its on-line platform "Rousseau", to ask its members if they should participate in the following regional elections. Almost 70% of members voted to run in the elections, and therefore M5S leader Luigi Di Maio announced the presentation of M5S electoral lists and a M5S candidate for the regional presidency, without party alliances.
Stefano Bonaccini's electoral programme claims the results achieved by the outgoing centre-left administration (including the "Pact for Labour" of 2015), proposing four priority points accumulated by the slogan "A step forward": to create free kindergartens for all children in the region, to break down the waiting lists for health interventions and access times to first aid, to carry out preventive maintenance and make the territory safe, to reduce the phenomenon of NEET.
The League of Lucia Borgonzoni proposed the introduction of some good practices already existing in the regions governed by the centre-right (in particular Lombardy and Veneto), including the opening of hospitals during public holidays and at night to carry out medical exams and laboratory tests, the reduction of the regional IRPEF with introduction of 1.23% flat rate, as well as a general change in the regional government which has always been managed by the left wing.
The 5 Stars Movement focuses on social, infrastructural and environmental issues, including the abolition of the regional legislation on urban planning, the rethinking of the Cispadana regional motorway project in favour of a fast road without toll, the reduction of waste to close incinerators and some landfills and proposing in general to introduce new environmental sustainability policies in the Emilia-Romagna region.
Stefano Lugli (The Other Emilia-Romagna) proposes a "safe" region because "fair, public and sustainable", i.e. based on social equality, the fight against the privatization of services and the relaunch of environmental policies.
Marta Collot (Power to the people) presents a "rupture programme" based on the equality of people, in particular by requiring a guaranteed minimum wage of 9 euros per hour, redesigning the regional urban planning policies and withdrawing the request for differentiated regional autonomy presented by Emilia-Romagna to the Government.
Movement 3V "Vaccines We Want Truth" calls for the abolition of the vaccination obligation recently introduced by the government for the access of children and infants to public schools and kindergartens.
Parties and candidates
|Political force or alliance||Constituent lists||Leader|
|Centre-left coalition||Democratic Party|
|Brave Emilia-Romagna (incl. Art.1 and SI)|
|More Europe (incl. PSI and PRI)|
|Bonaccini for President (incl. IV, A, IiC and CpE)|
|Brothers of Italy|
|Cambiamo! (incl. IdeA and R)|
|Borgonzoni for President|
|Five Star Movement|
|Power to the People|
|The Other Emilia-Romagna (incl. PRC, PCI and PdS)|
|Italian Sovereignist Front|
|17 Dec 2019||Ixè||1,000||47.2||40.1||7.8||4.9||25.0||7.1|
|13 Dec 2019||MG Research||–||44.5||44.5||8.5||2.5||N/A||Tie|
|12 Dec 2019||Noto||–||47.0||43.0||6.0||4.0||N/A||4.0|
|9–12 Dec 2019||Ipsos||1,000||44.2||42.1||8.4||5.3||N/A||2.1|
|10–11 Dec 2019||Tecnè||1,000||45.0||44.0||7.0||4.0||N/A||1.0|
|2–4 Dec 2019||EMG||1,000||46.5||44.0||5.5||4.0||N/A||2.5|
|29 Nov – 2 Dec 2019||IZI||1,007||45.4||40.6||9.9||4.1||N/A||4.9|
|29 Nov 2019||MG Research||–||44.5||45.0||8.0||2.5||N/A||0.5|
|25 Nov 2019||Piepoli||–||44.0||43.0||9.0||4.0||N/A||1.0|
|24 Nov 2019||Affaritaliani.it||–||46.0||44.0||7.0||3.0||25.0||2.0|
|22–24 Nov 2019||Tecnè||1,000||45.0||45.0||8.0||2.0||N/A||Tie|
|21 Nov 2019||Noto||–||45.0||44.0||8.0||3.0||N/A||1.0|
|19 Nov 2019||Ixè||1,000||40.0||29.2||5.0||7.7||18.1||10.8|
|13–19 Nov 2019||SWG||1,000||43.0||45.0||7.0||5.0||15.0||2.0|
|15 Nov 2019||MG Research||–||44.0||46.0||7.0||3.0||N/A||2.0|
|9–14 Nov 2019||ScenariPolitici–Winpoll||1,000||50.7||42.1||6.2||1.0||N/A||8.6|
|9–10 Nov 2019||Tecnè||800||46.0||45.0||7.0||2.0||N/A||1.0|
|31 Oct – 4 Nov 2019||EMG||1,000||45.5||44.0||7.0||3.5||N/A||1.5|
|20 Sep 2019||Repubblica||–||45.0||36.0||N/A||N/A||N/A||9.0|
|20 Sep 2019||Il Resto del Carlino||–||48.0||31.0||6.5||13.7||N/A||17.0|
|6–12 Sep 2019||SWG||1,000||41.0||42.0||13.0||4.0||25.0||1.0|
|23 November 2014||Election results||–||49.1||29.8||13.3||7.7||–||25.1|
|Date||Polling firm||Sample size||Centre-left||Centre-right||M5S||Others||Undecided||Lead|
|13–17 Dec 2019||Ixè||1,000||29.4||N/A||7.8||6.8||27.8||4.2||7.9||2.0||8.8||5.3||N/A||1.6|
|13 Dec 2019||MG Research||–||34.5||1.0||N/A||5.5||32.5||5.5||7.0||2.0||9.5||2.5||N/A||2.0|
|9–12 Dec 2019||Ipsos||1,000||22.9||N/A||20.2||N/A||25.9||2.0||10.1||4.8||8.2||5.9||N/A||3.0|
|10–11 Dec 2019||Tecnè||1,000||30.0||14.0||30.0||5.0||7.0||3.0||7.0||4.0||N/A||Tie|
|29 Nov – 2 Dec 2019||IZI||1,007||24.7||N/A||11.0||5.2||29.8||5.1||9.4||1.1||10.9||2.8||N/A||5.1|
|29 Nov 2019||MG Research||–||34.0||1.5||N/A||5.5||33.0||5.5||7.5||1.5||9.0||2.5||N/A||1.0|
|22–24 Nov 2019||Tecnè||1,000||31.0||N/A||N/A||13.0||31.0||5.0||6.0||4.0||8.0||2.0||N/A||Tie|
|19 Nov 2019||Ixè||1,000||34.3||N/A||N/A||N/A||30.9||5.1||6.0||N/A||10.4||13.3||N/A||3.4|
|13–19 Nov 2019||SWG||1,000||27.0||2.5||N/A||10.5||32.0||4.5||7.0||5.0||8.5||3.0||16.0||5.0|
|15 Nov 2019||MG Research||–||35.0||2.0||N/A||3.5||34.0||5.0||8.0||1.0||8.5||4.5||N/A||1.0|
|9–14 Nov 2019||ScenariPolitici–Winpoll||1,000||33.9||2.5||8.4||N/A||33.0||4.4||6.1||4.1||6.0||1.6||N/A||0.9|
|4 Nov 2019||Termometro Politico||–||46.0||48.5||N/A||N/A||N/A||2.5|
|1 Nov 2019||MG Research||–||27.0||1.5||N/A||11.0||33.0||5.0||7.5||1.0||10.0||6.0||N/A||6.0|
|28 Oct 2019||Affaritaliani.it||–||31.7||N/A||N/A||N/A||34.5||5.0||7.4||N/A||6.5||N/A||N/A||2.8|
|20 Sep 2019||Il Resto del Carlino||–||44.5||43.6||8.5||N/A||N/A||0.9|
|6–12 Sep 2019||SWG||1,000||33.5||2.0||N/A||4.5||33.5||4.0||5.5||1.5||13.0||N/A||N/A||Tie|
|6–10 Jul 2019||GPF||1,200||14.9||N/A||N/A||N/A||15.8||3.0||2.2||N/A||6.1||2.6||32.5||0.9|
|3 Jul – 21 Dec 2018||Ipsos||1,440||17.0||N/A||N/A||N/A||23.0||3.0||N/A||N/A||15.0||4.0||38.0||6.0|
|23 Nov 2014||Election results||–||44.5||6.9||–||1.9||19.4||8.4||1.9||–||13.3||3.6||–||25.1|
- This poll was commissioned by a political party.
- with CSX
- 2020 Italian regional elections
- Sardines movement
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