Consultation on the change of name of Sant Carles de la Ràpita
The consultation on the change of the name of Sant Carles de la Ràpita was a popular consultation carried out by the City Council of Sant Carles de la Ràpita on October 12, 2021. The majority was the option to change to «La Ràpita », against the maintenance of the official name, but without reaching the minimum threshold established for it to be considered binding.
La Ràpita was the name of the town from the Middle Ages until the eighteenth century, when it was changed to "San Carlos" due to the construction of a port and a canal to connect the Bay of Alfacs with the river Ebro driven by the Bourbon king Charles III. It became known as "Sant Carles de la Ràpita" in the Second Spanish Republic. It was the third popular consultation held during the mayoralty of Josep Caparrós i Garcia. The first was held in May 2016 and dealt with the use of the premises located on the ground floor of the Parc de Garbí. The second, in July 2017, was about participatory budgeting. In both cases, the participation was very low, with 8.6% and 3.1% of the census respectively.
The consultation is a popular non-referendum consultation of a local institutional initiative to submit to the consideration of the citizens the change of name of the municipality that was announced in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat de Catalunya on August 26, 2021. The question that was put to the vote was "What official name do you prefer for your municipality?" and the answer options were binary: to choose to maintain the status quo, "Sant Carles de la Ràpita", or to recover the original name of "La Ràpita". The institutional voting campaign was from September 20 to October 11, 2021. All registered persons over the age of sixteen were able to vote and, although the result was not legally binding, the different groups municipal officials reached an agreement that pledged to respect the option of obtaining the support of more than 20% of the census of potential voters. The four political parties represented in the Plenary of the City Council, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC), Junts per Catalunya (JxCAT), the independent party Partit Més Ràpita (mR) and the Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya (PSC) made a call for participation.The vote was held without incident and with a turnout of 26.72% of the census. The winning option was to change the name of the village to "La Ràpita", with 68.25% of the valid votes, which represented only 18% of the census of potential voters, a non-binding result in not exceeding the minimum threshold. of 20% set by the City Council. This left the decision in the hands of the municipal plenary for a period of two months from the consultation. However, this decision does not depend on the opposition, but exclusively on the ERC because it has an absolute majority of the plenary (with 10 of the 17 councilors). The other three political parties have been against changing the name for consistency with the agreement reached on the minimum threshold and the lack of interest of the population on the change of the name of the population.
Announcement on non-referendum popular consultation of local institutional initiative to submit to the consideration of the citizens the change of name of the municipality, published in the DOGC no. 8488, dated August 26, 2021.