October 1946 French constitutional referendum

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A constitutional referendum was held in France on 13 October 1946.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of a new constitution proposed by the Constituent Assembly elected in June.[2] Unlike the May referendum, which saw a previous constitutional proposal rejected, the new constitution was accepted by 53.2% of voters, and brought the Fourth Republic into existence. Voter turnout was 67.6%.[2]


Choice Metropolitan France Total
Votes % Votes %
For 9,002,287 53.6 9,297,470 53.2
Against 7,790,856 46.4 8,165,459 46.8
Invalid/blank votes 336,502 329,079
Total 17,129,645 100 17,792,008 100
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p674 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p684