August 1987 Palauan constitutional referendum

A constitutional referendum was held in Palau on 4 August 1987. The changes to the constitution would lower the threshold of the majority required for approving the Compact of Free Association with the United States from 75%, after five previous referendums had approved the Compact, but not by the majority required.

Although the referendum saw 73.3% of voters vote in favour of the amendments, the referendum was later declared void by the Supreme Court as the enabling legislation had not achieved the 75% majority required in the House of Delegates or Senate.[1]


Choice Votes %
For 5,645 73.3
Against 2,053 26.7
Invalid/blank votes 35 -
Total 7,733 100
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p752 ISBN 0-19-924959-8