Swiss constitutional referendum, 1872

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A constitutional referendum was held in Switzerland on 12 May 1872.[1] The new constitution was rejected by 50.5% of voters and a majority of cantons.[1]

Background[edit]

In order to pass, any amendments to the constitution needed a double majority; a majority of the popular vote and majority of the cantons.[2] The decision of each canton was based on the vote in that canton.[2] Full cantons counted as one vote, whilst half cantons counted as half.[2]

Results[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 255,609 49.5 8 2 9
Against 260,859 50.5 11 4 13
Invalid/blank votes
Total 516,468 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1902 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1891