Tuscan regional election, 2000

Tuscan regional election, 2000
April 16, 2000

All 50 seats to the Regional Council of Tuscany
  Majority party Minority party
Leader Claudio Martini Altero Matteoli
Party Democrats of the Left National Alliance
Alliance The Olive Tree House of Freedoms
Last election 33 13
Seats won 32 16
Seat change Decrease1 Increase3
Popular vote 1,029,142 836,001
Percentage 49.3% 40.0%
Swing Decrease0.8% Increase4.0%

President of Tuscany before election

Vannino Chiti
Democrats of the Left

President of Tuscany

Claudio Martini
Democrats of the Left

The Tuscan regional election of 2000 took place on 16 April 2000.

Electoral law

Tuscany used the national Tatarella Law to elect its Council. Forty councillors are elected in provincial constituencies by proportional representation using the largest remainder method with a Droop quota and open lists; remaining seats and votes are grouped at regional level where a Hare quota is used, and then distributed to provincial party lists.

Ten councillors are elected at-large using a general ticket: parties are grouped in alliances, and the alliance which receives a plurality of votes elects all its candidates, its leader becoming the President of Lombardy. If an alliance wins more than 60% of votes, only five candidates from the regional list will be chosen and the number of those elected in provincial constituencies will be 45; if the winning alliance receives less than 50% of votes, special seats are added to the Council to ensure a large majority for the President's coalition.


1999 European election marked a turning point in relations between Forza Italia and the Lega Nord. In fact, the assembly works in Parliament had highlighted a growing programmatic convergence between the two parties. And so, in view of the 2001 general election, Berlusconi and Umberto Bossi put aside the old, and even bloody quarrels, and formed a new coalition: the House of Freedoms, which found in the regional elections, also in Tuscany, its first test. So the center-right candidate, Altero Matteoli, an important figure on the national landscape, was sustained also by the Lega Nord, which in 1995 had sustained Chiti.

The combination of what were the major forces of regional politics, securing an appointment to Claudio Martini, which ensured stability of the Regional Cabinet that the new regulations wanted to coincide in term with the legislature. Democrats of the Left was confirmed as the largest party in the region with 36% of the vote, while Forza Italia was the second largest party with 20%. The Olive Tree, an alliance comprising several centre-left parties including the Italian People's Party, the Democrats of the Left, The Democrats, the Federation of the Greens and Party of Italian Communists, had a reconfirmation but lost votes.

Like 1995 election, Communist Refoundation Party run lonely with its candidate.

Candidates Regional lists Provincial lists Total
votes % seats Parties votes % swing seats party group
Claudio Martini 1,029,142 49.30 10 Democrats of the Left 708,750 36.20 -4.7 17 22 32
Italian People's Party 71,195 3.64 -2.8 1 1
The Democrats 64,606 3.30 new 1 1
Party of Italian Communists 59,258 3.03 new 1 1
Federation of the Greens 42,269 2.16 -0.5 1 1
Italian Republican Party-Italian Democratic Socialists 36,413 1.86 new - -
Union of Democrats for Europe 2,406 0.12 new - -
Altero Matteoli 836,001 40.05 1 Forza Italia 395,946 20.22 +1.1 8 8 16
National Alliance 291,200 14.87 +1.2 5 5
United Christian Democrats 40,692 2.08 new 1 1
Christian Democratic Centre 40,476 2.07 -0.4 1 1
Socialist Party 11,956 0.61 new - -
Lega Nord Toscana 11,256 0.57 0.1 - -
Tuscan Autonomist Movement 2,176 0.11 new - -
The Liberals-Sgarbi 853 0.04 new - -
Niccolò Pecorini 159,862 7.66 - Communist Refoundation Party 131,471 6.71 -4.4 2 2 2
Gianfranco Dell'Alba 49,358 2.36 - Bonino List 40,496 2.07 +0.8 - -
Paolo Vecchi 12,950 0.62 - Humanist Party 6,722 0.34 new - -
Total candidates 2,087,313 100.00 11 Total parties 1,958,141 100.00 = 39 50 50

Source: Ministry of the Interior


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