Some 19.1 million Taiwanese are eligible to elect 11,047 local representatives among 20,863 candidates, including councillors and mayors of the six special municipalities of the island and mayors and magistrates in 16 other cities and counties.
Among the referendums are polls on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, whether to curb thermal power-plant production to reduce pollution, whether to ban foods from Japan's radioactive contaminated areas, and whether to use the name "Chinese Taipei" instead of "Taiwan" at the Tokyo Olympics.
The name change is opposed by China and, according to some islanders, athletes could be prevented from participating in the Games should the name change goes ahead.
The opposition Kuomintang Party (KMT), six with 40.7 per cent; and the independents, three with 11.7 per cent.
According to analysts, the polls were a test for President Tsai Ing-wen who's current approval rating stood at 54.2 per cent while only 28.5 per cent supported her.
China adopted a tough stance against Tsai from the moment of her takeover in response to her refusal to accept the island as part of China.
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