Originally, elections were not to be held in Spain until later in the year. After a disaster for the socialists and more left-wing parties in the May 28 regional and municipal elections, Sánchez moved the date forward. The left is still waiting for a turnaround. Sánchez’s former partner in government, the left-wing Unidas Podemos party, has been incorporated into the “Sumar” electoral alliance. A total of 15 parties from the alternative left spectrum are represented. According to experts, the background to the tactical merger is that the Spanish electoral system gives proportionately more weight to the larger parties.
Polling stations close at 20:00 CEST (21:00 CEST in the Canary Islands).