2011 Aragonese regional election

The 2011 Aragonese regional election was held on Sunday, 22 May 2011, to elect the 8th Cortes of the autonomous community of Aragon. All 67 seats in the Cortes were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in 12 other autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain.

2011 Aragonese regional election

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All 67 seats in the Cortes of Aragon
34 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered1,016,021 Red Arrow Down.svg0.1%
Turnout689,904 (67.9%)
Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1.4 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  Luisa Fernanda Rudi 2011 (cropped).jpg Portrait placeholder.svg José Ángel Biel 2001 (cropped).jpg
Leader Luisa Fernanda Rudi Eva Almunia José Ángel Biel
Leader since 8 November 2008 10 September 2010 2 June 2000
Leader's seat Zaragoza Zaragoza Teruel
Last election 23 seats, 31.1% 30 seats, 41.1% 9 seats, 12.1%
Seats won 30 22 7
Seat change Green Arrow Up Darker.svg7 Red Arrow Down.svg8 Red Arrow Down.svg2
Popular vote 269,729 197,189 62,193
Percentage 39.7% 29.0% 9.2%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg8.6 pp Red Arrow Down.svg12.1 pp Red Arrow Down.svg2.9 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Portrait placeholder.svg Adolfo Barrena 2012 (cropped).jpg
Leader Nieves Ibeas Adolfo Barrena
Party CHA IU
Leader since 12 January 2008 May 2002
Leader's seat Zaragoza Zaragoza
Last election 4 seats, 8.1% 1 seat, 4.1%
Seats won 4 4
Seat change Arrow Blue Right 001.svg0 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg3
Popular vote 55,932 41,874
Percentage 8.2% 6.2%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg0.1 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg2.1 pp

Constituency results map for the Cortes of Aragon

President before election

Marcelino Iglesias

Elected President

Luisa Fernanda Rudi

The outgoing Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) administration suffered a serious defeat after losing nearly 30% of its 2007 vote. The then-oppositor People's Party (PP) obtained the best result of its history in the region, despite remaining 4 seats short for an absolute majority of seats. This was also the first time since the 1999 election that the PP had received the most votes in Aragon. United Left (IU) had its best result since 1995, gaining 3 seats for a total of 4. The Aragonese Party (PAR), on the other hand, obtained its worst historical result, while the Aragonese Union (CHA) remained static at its 2007 result.

As a result of the election, Luisa Fernanda Rudi from the People's Party was elected President of Aragon as part of a PP-PAR coalition agreement. The PAR had been previously the PSOE coalition partner from 1999 to 2011.


Electoral systemEdit

The Cortes of Aragon were the devolved, unicameral legislature of the autonomous community of Aragon, having legislative power in regional matters as defined by the Spanish Constitution and the Aragonese Statute of Autonomy, as well as the ability to vote confidence in or withdraw it from a President of the Government.[1] Voting for the Cortes was on the basis of universal suffrage, which comprised all nationals over eighteen, registered in Aragon and in full enjoyment of their political rights. Amendments to the electoral law in 2011 required for Aragonese people abroad to apply for voting before being permitted to vote, a system known as "begged" or expat vote (Spanish: Voto rogado).[2]

The 67 members of the Cortes of Aragon were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with a threshold of 3 percent of valid votes—which included blank ballots—being applied in each constituency. Parties not reaching the threshold were not taken into consideration for seat distribution. Additionally, the use of the D'Hondt method might result in an effective threshold over three percent, depending on the district magnitude.[3] Seats were allocated to constituencies, corresponding to the provinces of Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza. Each constituency was entitled to an initial minimum of 13 seats, with the remaining 28 allocated among the constituencies in proportion to their populations on the condition that the seat to population ratio in the most populated province did not exceed 2.75 times that of the least populated one.[1][4]

The electoral law provided that parties, federations, coalitions and groupings of electors were allowed to present lists of candidates. However, groupings of electors were required to secure the signature of at least 1 percent of the electors registered in the constituency for which they sought election. Electors were barred from signing for more than one list of candidates. Concurrently, parties and federations intending to enter in coalition to take part jointly at an election were required to inform the relevant Electoral Commission within ten days of the election being called.[4][5][6]

Election dateEdit

The term of the Cortes of Aragon expired four years after the date of their previous election, unless they were dissolved earlier. The election Decree was required to be issued no later than the twenty-fifth day prior to the date of expiry of parliament and published on the following day in the Official Gazette of Aragon, with election day taking place on the fifty-fourth day from publication. The previous election was held on 27 May 2007, which meant that the legislature's term would have expired on 27 May 2011. The election Decree was required to be published no later than 3 May 2011, with the election taking place on the fifty-fourth day from publication, setting the latest possible election date for the Cortes on Sunday, 26 June 2011.[1][4][5][6]

The President of the Government had the prerogative to dissolve the Cortes of Aragon and call a snap election, provided that no motion of no confidence was in process and that dissolution did not occur before one year had elapsed since the previous one. In the event of an investiture process failing to elect a regional President within a two-month period from the first ballot, the Cortes were to be automatically dissolved and a fresh election called.[1]

Opinion pollsEdit

The table below lists voting intention estimates in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first and using the dates when the survey fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. Where the fieldwork dates are unknown, the date of publication is given instead. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed with its background shaded in the leading party's colour. If a tie ensues, this is applied to the figures with the highest percentages. The "Lead" column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the parties with the highest percentages in a given poll. When available, seat projections are also displayed below the voting estimates in a smaller font. 34 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Cortes of Aragon.

Color key:

  Exit poll



Summary of the 22 May 2011 Cortes of Aragon election results
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Total +/−
People's Party (PP) 269,729 39.69 +8.63 30 +7
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 197,189 29.02 –12.12 22 –8
Aragonese Party (PAR) 62,193 9.15 –2.93 7 –2
Aragonese Union (CHA) 55,932 8.23 +0.08 4 ±0
United Left of Aragon (IU) 41,874 6.16 +2.08 4 +3
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 15,667 2.31 New 0 ±0
Greens–Ecolo (V–Ecolo)1 4,621 0.68 +0.02 0 ±0
Commitment with Aragon (CCA) 3,771 0.55 New 0 ±0
Anti-Bullfighting Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA) 2,193 0.32 New 0 ±0
Federation of Independents of Aragon (FIA) 980 0.14 New 0 ±0
Aragonese Land (TA) 830 0.12 New 0 ±0
Communist Unification of Spain (UCE) 603 0.09 New 0 ±0
Aragon United Citizens Party (pCUA) 573 0.08 –0.29 0 ±0
Family and Life Party (PFyV) 525 0.08 –0.08 0 ±0
Liberal Democratic Centre (CDL) 482 0.07 New 0 ±0
Humanist Party (PH) 440 0.06 –0.03 0 ±0
The Independent Voice of Aragon (L'VIA) 249 0.04 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 21,678 3.19 +0.97
Total 679,529 67 ±0
Valid votes 679,529 98.50 –0.81
Invalid votes 10,375 1.50 +0.81
Votes cast / turnout 689,904 67.90 +1.39
Abstentions 326,117 32.10 –1.39
Registered voters 1,016,021
Popular vote
Blank ballots

Distribution by constituencyEdit

Constituency PP PSOE PAR CHA IU
% S % S % S % S % S
Huesca 36.9 7 33.5 7 12.2 2 6.2 1 4.7 1
Teruel 37.0 6 27.4 4 16.5 3 5.1 6.5 1
Zaragoza 40.8 17 28.2 11 7.2 2 9.3 3 6.5 2
Total 39.7 30 29.0 22 9.2 7 8.2 4 6.2 4


Luisa Fernanda Rudi (PP)
Ballot → 13 July 2011
Required majority → 34 out of 67  Y
37 / 67
30 / 67
0 / 67
0 / 67


Opinion poll sources
  1. ^ "El PP ganaría en Aragón, al 7% escrutado". Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). 22 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Las encuestas a pie de urna confirman el descalabro del PSOE y consolidan la mayoría absoluta en Madrid". ABC (in Spanish). 22 May 2011.
  3. ^ "El PP gana al PSOE por un solo diputado". El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 15 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Cascos supera al PP en Asturias (El Mundo)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 15 May 2011.
  5. ^ "El PP doblega al PSOE a siete días de la cita electoral". La Razón (in Spanish). 15 May 2011. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Vuelco en Cantabria (La Razón)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 15 May 2011.
  7. ^ "El empate técnico entre PP y PSOE deja abierta cualquier opción". ABC (in Spanish). 9 May 2011.
  8. ^ "El PSOE pierde puntos en Aragón y Las Palmas de Gran Canaria". Antena 3 (in Spanish). 3 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Encuesta de TNS para Antena 3 y Onda Cero. Elecciones 22M. Expectativas electorales en Aragón" (PDF). TNS Demoscopia (in Spanish). 3 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Jaque mate a la coalición PSOE-PRC y a Revilla". La Razón (in Spanish). 25 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Una encuesta de NC Report para La Razón da al PP como fuerza más votada el 22-M sin mayoría absoluta". ForoCoches (in Spanish). 25 April 2011.
  12. ^ "Barómetro electoral autonómico" (PDF). Celeste-Tel (in Spanish). 9 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
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  14. ^ "El PSOE fija su objetivo: salvar los muebles". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 6 May 2011.
  15. ^ "Las alianzas poselectorales decidirán el Gobierno aragonés". Público (in Spanish). 18 April 2011.
  16. ^ "PP y PAR suman mayoría absoluta en Aragón (El Mundo)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 24 April 2011.
  17. ^ "PP y PSOE empatarían, pero Almunia podría gobernar con un tripartito". Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). 24 April 2011.
  18. ^ "El PSOE podría gobernar en Aragón con Cha e IU (Heraldo)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 24 April 2011.
  19. ^ "PSOE y PAR sufrirían un contundente castigo electoral el 22 de mayo". Diario Aragonés (in Spanish). 17 April 2011.
  20. ^ "Pactos necesarios en Aragón (Diario Aragonés)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 18 April 2011.
  21. ^ "El PP ganaría en Aragón pero necesitaría pactar con el PAR para gobernar". Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). 6 February 2011.
  22. ^ "Luisa Rudi supera a Eva Almunia (Heraldo de Aragón)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 6 February 2011.
  23. ^ "El PP conquista los grandes feudos de los socialistas". La Razón (in Spanish). 22 January 2011.
  24. ^ "El PP, a un paso de la mayoría absoluta en Andalucía y Castilla La Mancha (La Razón)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 22 January 2011.
  25. ^ "Vuelco electoral en Aragón (El Mundo)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 5 January 2011.
  26. ^ "El PP sería la primera fuerza política en Aragón (Abc)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 8 December 2010.
  27. ^ "El PP aragonés supera en cuatro puntos al PSOE". Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). 5 October 2010.
  28. ^ "El PP asigna entre 27 y 29 escaños a Rudi y hasta 23 al PSOE". 20minutos (in Spanish). 22 December 2010.
  29. ^ "PAR y PP suman mayoría holgada en Aragón (Gobierno de Aragón)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 22 December 2010.
  30. ^ "Eva Almunia podría formar gobierno pactando con el PAR o con CHA e IU". Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). 12 October 2010.
  31. ^ "El PSOE se mantendría en el gobierno aragonés (Heraldo de Aragón)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 13 October 2010.
  32. ^ "El PSOE sería la fuerza más votada si hoy se celebraran las elecciones autonómicas". PSOE (in Spanish). 5 October 2010.
  33. ^ "El PSOE seguiría siendo el partido más votado en Aragón (sondeo propio)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 6 October 2010.
  34. ^ "Cuarta entrega de sondeos de El Mundo: Navarra, Aragón y Canarias". Electómetro (in Spanish). 2 June 2010.
  35. ^ "El PSOE volvería a ganar las elecciones y podría elegir entre PAR y CHA-IU". Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). 23 April 2010.
  36. ^ "El PSOE volverá a ganar en las autonómicas en Aragón según un sondeo del Heraldo". Electómetro (in Spanish). 20 March 2010.
  37. ^ "El PSOE deberá decidir aliados". Público (in Spanish). 20 March 2010.
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