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    More than 61,000 polling places opened Sunday as Italians vote on whether the national constitution should be amended to curtail Senate powers and speed up the lawmaking process.

    ROME (Sputnik) — Prime Minister Matteo Renzi urged some 47 million of eligible voters to say "yes" to proposed changes in the referendum, which is the bellwether of public support for his center-left Democratic Party.

    Renzi vowed to step down if the vote is negative. Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement has been campaigning against prime minister’s constitutional reforms. Opinion polls indicate they have a high chance of being rejected.

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