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90% of Catalonia Voted to Dump Spain: Officials

He says region has won the right to statehood

(Newser) - Catalonia is ready to declare independence after hundreds of people were injured voting in a disputed referendum on Sunday, the Spanish region's leader says. "With this day of hope and suffering, the citizens of Catalonia have won the right to an independent state in the form of a... More »

Turkey's Erdogan Calling a Win; Opposition to Challenge

Turkish president looks to have won a hotly contested referendum cementing his powers

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is declaring victory in the contentious national referendum that could keep him in power until 2029 with vastly expanded powers, reports the Washington Post . The apparent victory isn't exactly clear cut, with the opposition not even waiting for the ballot count to finish before... More »

A Vote Sunday Could Dramatically Change Turkey

President is seeking to expand his powers

(Newser) - Voters in Turkey go to the polls Sunday, but this is no ordinary election. Technically, it's about whether to shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system, reports CNBC . But the bigger issue is that it would result in sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Supporters say... More »

Petition for 2nd Brexit Vote Was 'Hijacked,' Creator Says

More than 3.7M people have signed push for 2nd vote—but 'Leave' creator is balking

(Newser) - Be careful what you wish for—or at least anticipate you might get it before you create a petition. In May, before the Brexit vote took place, "Leave" advocate William Oliver Healey created a petition through government channels, calling for a second EU referendum if certain conditions weren't... More »

Greece Leader Asks People to Reject 'Blackmail'

Polls are dead even ahead of vote with massive implications

(Newser) - Greece's top court has declared that Sunday's referendum on a bailout is constitutional, meaning the vote with huge implications for all of Europe will proceed. The latest polls show a dead heat, reports AP , as leaders on both sides try to rally support—especially Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras,... More »

Queen Makes Unexpected Scotland Comment

Voters 'should think carefully,' she says

(Newser) - With just a few days to go before Scotland votes on independence, Queen Elizabeth II has spoken out on the issue for the first time. In what opponents of independence have interpreted as a statement of firm support for their No campaign, the monarch told a well-wisher outside a Scottish... More »

Pro-Independence Side Ahead in Scottish Poll

UK offers new deal if Scotland stays in union

(Newser) - Is the UK on the road to Splitsville? Scotland votes on independence on Sept. 18, and one poll has put the pro-independence "Yes" camp in the lead with 51% for the first time, the BBC reports. The "No" side was 22 points ahead less than a month ago,... More »

What's Clear After Ukraine Vote: Not Much

Ukraine president calls sovereignty referendum a 'farce'

(Newser) - In the wake of eastern Ukraine's vote on independence yesterday, one word is showing up repeatedly in media reports: unclear. The referendum organizers' preliminary results show those who cast a ballot overwhelmingly voted in favor of sovereignty for Donetsk and Luhansk, but beyond that much is uncertain—and even... More »

Venice Votes to Leave Italy

Secessionists declare victory with 89% in online 'referendum'

(Newser) - Venice made its dream of independence come true on Friday, if an online poll means anything. A stunning 2.3 million voters took part in the self-organized "referendum," and 89% approved letting Veneto—the wealthy region that surrounds Venice—break away from the rest of Italy as a... More »

Now Voting on Secession: Venice

Non-binding referendum considers 'Republic of Veneto'

(Newser) - Could Venice become a sovereign state for the first time in more than 200 years? That's what voters are considering in a non-binding referendum on Venetian independence, the BBC reports. Venice's online vote, which continues all week, raises the possibility of separating from Italy and becoming the Republic... More »

Swiss Voters Dump Plan to Ax Executive Pay

Salaries would have been capped at 12 times lowest

(Newser) - A measure that would have ensured bosses didn't make more in a month than their lowest-paid workers made in a year has been voted down in Switzerland. The 1:12 Initiative for Fair Pay, which would have capped executive salaries at 12 times that of their lowest-paid employee, was... More »

Falklands Votes to Stay British, 1,513 to 3

99.8% of islanders happy with status quo

(Newser) - The referendum on whether Falkland Islanders want to remain British has ended with a vote overwhelmingly in favor of the status quo. With turnout above 90%, 1,513 voters wanted the disputed islands to remain a British overseas territory while just three voted no, reports the BBC . "It is... More »

Argentina Grumbles as Falklanders Vote on Future

Huge 'yes' vote expected in referendum on staying British

(Newser) - The 1,675 eligible voters in the Falkland Islands are being asked whether they want to remain British and only the scale of the "yes" vote in the two-day referendum is in doubt. Argentina, which claims the islands as its own and went to war over them in 1982,... More »

Egyptians Favor New Constitution

But another round of voting comes next Saturday

(Newser) - Officials from Egypt's Islamist and liberal movements agree on one thing: Voters narrowly approved the nation's Islamist constitution yesterday on the first of two voting days , reports Reuters . "The referendum was 56.5% for the 'yes' vote," said a top official in the Muslim Brotherhood'... More »

Egypt Braces for Vote Amid Conspiracies, Protests

But the whole referendum might be determined by the 'couch party'

(Newser) - Egyptians will go to the polls tomorrow to vote on a controversial constitutional referendum that could determine the country's fate. Here's what you need to know:
  • The referendum would install a new constitution that Mohamed Morsi's government says is essential to move the country forward—but which
... More »

Washington State Backs Gay Marriage

Joins four-state Election Day sweep

(Newser) - Voters have approved same-sex marriage in Washington state after a tight vote, meaning marriage-equality advocates won all four of their Election Day battles: Maine and Maryland backed gay marriage, while Minnesota nixed a constitutional ban on such unions. Opponents conceded yesterday in Washington: "With additional results showing that we... More »

Puerto Ricans Back Statehood in Referendum

But whether it will mean anything to Congress is still unclear

(Newser) - Could Puerto Rico become the 51st state? A nonbinding referendum held there yesterday suggests a majority of its people would choose that option, reports the AP . As CNN explains, citizens were first asked whether they'd like the territory to maintain its current relationship with the US; 54% voted in... More »

Scottish Independence Vote Set for 2014

Cameron, Salmond announce deal for referendum

(Newser) - The countdown to Scotland's referendum on independence from the UK officially began today, as British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Edinburgh and signed an agreement with Scottish leader Alex Salmond, the BBC reports. The deal settles the terms of the 2014 referendum on whether to end the 305-year-old... More »

Cameron: Time for Brits to Figure Out EU Relationship

With euro project affecting sovereignty, PM wants popular mandate

(Newser) - With the eurozone crisis forcing European countries ever closer together—think eurobonds , stimulus transfer payments between countries, and more treaties— Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is broaching the word "referendum," saying Britons might have to go to the polls again to determine what they want. "As... More »

Syria: 89% Approved New Constitution

West not convinced, though much of opposition may have boycotted

(Newser) - Syria's new constitution was backed by more than 89% of voters, the nation's Interior Ministry announced today, even as violence continues to rage across the country and the West decries the referendum as a sham . The Interior Ministry claims that more than 57% of Syria's 14 million... More »

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