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That is easy: The number of eligible voters was deflated by the quasi gold-standard policy of the bundesbank.

Do you also want to know why the chicken crossed the road?

More seriously,

the PSOE lost 4.3 million votes.

Participation dropped by 1.3 million,
CiU, IU and UPyD gained 1.7 million,
and the PP gained 500,000 votes.

That still leaves a remnant, but that is probably somewhere in abstentions and blank votes and minor parties. So one half of PSOE voters did go to the left or regional parties, a third did stay home and only some voted PP.    

by IM on Thu Nov 24th, 2011 at 01:44:35 PM EST
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As far as I can gather from various anglo expat-pages lists of eligible voters are kept by local government. This might mean trouble for voters who become homeless.

SPAIN: Madrid Mayor Wants to Sweep Homeless Out of Sight - IPS ipsnews.net

Everyone on both sides of the argument is aware that the vast majority of the people sleeping rough and enduring the cold at nights are unemployed and homeless as a result of the prolonged global economic crisis. They are immigrants from Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe, as well as large numbers of Spaniards.

So your snark might hold a bit a truth, austerity might have removed those voters from the rolls.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Nov 24th, 2011 at 02:48:35 PM EST
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There is rounding errors; the new basque left independentist party got 330 thousand votes and 7 seats, but I didn't list it because it got under 1M and didn't contest the last election; the new green left party got 230 thousand votes and no seats; and then there are a bunch of minor parties. Also, roughly 1M votes are registered while resident abroad and their votes may not have been counted, though estimates are that less than 1/3 actually voted.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 24th, 2011 at 07:19:31 PM EST
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