Italian general election, 1886

Italian general election, 1886

23–30 May 1886

All 508 seats to the Chamber of Deputies of the Kingdom of Italy

  Majority party Minority party Third party
Leader Agostino Depretis Silvio Spaventa Felice Cavallotti
Party Historical Left Historical Right Historical Far Left
Seats won 292 142 45
Seat change 3 2 1
Popular vote 1,391,688 675,271 212,989
Percentage 57.5% 27.9% 8.8%
Swing 0.7% 1.0% 0.2%

Prime Minister before election

Agostino Depretis
Historical Left

Elected Prime Minister

Agostino Depretis
Historical Left

General elections were held in Italy on 23 May 1886, with a second round of voting on 30 May.[1] The "ministerial" left-wing bloc emerged as the largest in Parliament, winning 292 of the 508 seats.[2] As in 1882, the election was held using small multi-member constituencies with between two and five seats.[3]

The race

The Historical Left was led by the Prime Minister of Italy, Agostino Depretis, a prominent member of the Italian politics for decades. Depretis had been head of the government since 1881 and also from 1876 to 1879.

The leader of the Historical Right was Antonio Starabba di Rudinì, a conservative marchese from Sicily.

The Historical Far-Left was led by Felice Cavallotti, a famous Italian poet.

The Left emerged as the largest in Italian Parliament, winning 292 of the 508 seats, before the Right, which gained 145 seats.[4] As in 1882, the election was held using small multi-member constituencies with between two and five seats.[3]

Parties and leaders

Party Ideology Leader
Historical Left Liberalism, Centrism Agostino Depretis
Historical Right Conservatism, Monarchism Silvio Spaventa
Historical Far Left Republicanism, Radicalism Felice Cavallotti
Dissident Left Progressivism, Social liberalism Giuseppe Zanardelli


Summary of May 1886 Chamber of Deputies election results
Party Votes % Seats +/−
Historical Left1,391,688[lower-alpha 1]57.5292+3
Historical Right675,271[lower-alpha 1]27.9145−2
Historical Far Left212,989[lower-alpha 1]8.845+1
Dissident Left123,437[lower-alpha 1]5.126+7
Invalid/blank votes16,729
Registered voters/turnout2,420,32758.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
  1. 1 2 3 4 Estimate
Parliamentary seats
Historical Left
Historical Right
Historical Far Left
Dissident Left


  1. Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1047 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1082
  3. 1 2 Nohlen & Stöver, p1030
  4. Nohlen & Stöver, p1082
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