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{{#invoke:Sidebar|sidebar}} A referendum (in some countries synonymous with plebiscite — or a vote on a ballot question) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to vote on a particular proposal. This may result in the adoption of a new law.

Some definitions of plebiscite suggest that it is a type of vote to change the constitution or government of a country.<ref>http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/plebiscite Definition of Plebiscite</ref> Others define it as the opposite. Australia defines 'referendum' as a vote to change the constitution and 'plebiscite' as a vote that does not affect the constitution.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In contrast, Ireland has only ever held one 'plebiscite' which was the vote to adopt its constitution and each other similar vote has been styled a 'referendum'.


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{{#invoke:Sidebar|sidebar}} A referendum (in some countries synonymous with plebiscite — or a vote on a ballot question) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to vote on a particular proposal. This may result in the adoption of a new law.

Some definitions of plebiscite suggest that it is a type of vote to change the constitution or government of a country.<ref>http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/plebiscite Definition of Plebiscite</ref> Others define it as the opposite. Australia defines 'referendum' as a vote to change the constitution and 'plebiscite' as a vote that does not affect the constitution.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In contrast, Ireland has only ever held one 'plebiscite' which was the vote to adopt its constitution and each other similar vote has been styled a 'referendum'.


Referendum sections
Intro  Terminology  Typology  Rationale  Referendums by country  Multiple-choice referendums  Criticisms  Sources  [[Referendum?section=See</a>_also|See</a> also]]  References  External links  

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