Abeldane state referendum, May 2019

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Abeldane State Referendum, May 2019
Should the state of Excalibur be created?
LocationAbeldane Empire
Date25 May 2019 (2019-05-25)
Results
Votes %
Yes 14 &1000000000000004667000046.67%
No 16 &1000000000000005332999953.33%
Valid votes 30 &10000000000000100000000100.00%
Invalid or blank votes 0 &100000000000000000000000.00%
Total votes 30 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 32 &1000000000000009375000093.75%

The May 2019 Abeldane state referendum was a referendum in Abelden asking whether or not the Abeldane Empire should create a new federal state named Excalibur, to be ruled by Thomas Merrell. In total 30 people voted, 14 in favour and 16 against. The referendum failed with 53.33% opposed, resulting in Excalibur not being created.

Background

Discussion on the creation of a seventh federal state in Abelden had been an ongoing topic for some time, with Thomas Merrell, a former Vorsitzender, wishing to establish a state of his own, which would be “an attempt to build a small but high-quality government that Abelden can be proud of”. The Excalibur Referendum Act was presented to and subsequently enacted by the Reichsversammlung on 20 May 2019.

Campaign

There was little active campaigning undertaken in the lead up to the referendum. The main argument for the creation or Excalibur was that it would create a state other than Alenshka which could be active. The main argument against being the Abelden already had 5 other federal states where citizens and activity should be focused, as opposed to in a seventh state.

Results

Choice Votes %
Yes 14 46.67
No 16 53.33
Invalid/blank votes 0 0
Total 30 100
Eligible voters/turnout 30 32
Source: Reichswahlkommission official report

Aftermath

Following the referendum, Merrell and proponents of Excalibur expressed surprise at the results, but accepted them. Discussions about the new state would proceed to die down.

See also