Plebiscite

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Plebiscite Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance

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  • a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance

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Plebiscite Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A plebiscite is similar to a referendum. In some countries, these words are synonyms while in other countries these are different types of voting and have different legal consequences.

Some definitions of 'plebiscite' suggest that it is a type of vote to change the constitution or government of a country.

There are two types of result

It usually depends on the country's history and constitution what sort of referendum/plebiscite is used. In Switzerland a referendum is usually mandatory, because the people are seen as the source of the government's mandate (power) to govern.



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'Plebiscite' example sentence in quotations


* If men use their liberty in such a way as to surrender their liberty, are they thereafter any the less slaves If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making - Herbert Spencer


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Plebiscite Sample Sentences in News


  • No financial disclosure required from transit plebiscite rivals
    When Ralph Drew, the only mayor the tiny village of Belcarra has ever known, ran for re-election again in November, he ran possibly the cheapest election campaign ever. He collected no donations but spent $271.23 out of his own pocket to print and mail out brochures. It worked; he won over his rival, Michael Robson, 183 to 138 votes. At the other end of the spectr Read more on this news related to 'Plebiscite'
  • Province lays down voting regulations for transit plebiscite
    As Metro Vancouver mayors continue to educate voters ahead of a controversial transportation plebiscite, the provincial government is drawing up the rules on how the vote will be run this spring. The B.C. Liberals have set out the regulations on how it will conduct the plebiscite once the ballots are sent to voters in mid-March. The regulations outline not only wh Read more on this news related to 'Plebiscite'
  • 'No' side takes lead in Vancouver transit plebiscite: poll (with video)
    Momentum for the upcoming transportation plebiscite appears to have swung 180 degrees since December, with more Metro Vancouver residents saying they will definitely vote No when the ballots are mailed out this spring, according to a new Insights West poll. Read more on this news related to 'Plebiscite'

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