22.77% of the Catalans called to the polls this Sunday have voted until 1:00 p.m., which means 11.9 points less than in the first participation advance of the Catalan elections of December 21, 2017, when 34.69% of the census had voted at the same time. This is the participation figure reported by 93.83% of the polling stations.
The drop in participation may be offset by other factors, such as the growth of the vote by mail (350% more, absolute record of all elections). In addition, the Government's recommendation to reserve the first slot in the morning for the most vulnerable people may also have some influence on the participation rate.
Most of the 2,763 polling stations in Catalonia have opened a few minutes after 09:00 this morning, some after resolving in situ some allegations of members of the polling stations who had not received a response to their resources from the Electoral Board and who have credited their arguments for not being able to be part of the polling station. One hour later, at 10:00, 96.98% of tables have been set up. Shortly afterwards, the Minister of Foreign Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency of the Generalitat, Bernat Solé, celebrated that 100% of polling stations were already set up at 11.10.
5,600,000 Catalans go to the polls today with the challenge of validating Pedro Sánchez's strategy to conquer the Generalitat thanks to the 'Illa effect'. According to data from the Generalitat, the number of voters is 1.25% higher than the people who voted in the elections of December 21, 2017, and of the total of the census, 5,368,881 reside in Catalonia and 255,163 do so abroad and have the right to vote.