Referendum needs 4.95 million votes to pass threshold
The Central Election Committee (CEC) says that around 19.82 million people will beeligible to vote in Taiwan's upcoming national referendum on 18 December and, according to voting laws, if the number of votes in favour reaches 25% of the total number of eligible voters, then it will pass. The CEC notes that in this case, it would need approximately 4.95 million votes in favour. Polling stations will be open from 08:00-16:00 on 18 December.
New Taipei City currently has the largest number of eligible voters, at around 3.42 million, followed by Kaohsiung with 2.35 million, Taichung with 2.33 million, and Taipei City with 2.15 million.
Some 111,000 young people in New Taipei city are eligible for their first voting experience this Saturday.
The Legislative Yuan passed the amendment to the Civil Code to lower the age of adulthood from 20 to 18, but those aged between 18 and 20 are only eligible to cast their ballots for referendums but not elections.
New Taipei officials also say that there are over 2,600 voting booths around the city this time and residents need to go back to their original household registration location to vote.