Swiss constitutional referendum, 1874

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A constitutional referendum was held in Switzerland on 19 April 1874.[1] The new constitution was approved by 63.2% of voters and a majority of cantons.[1] It gave more responsibilities and powers to the federal government.[2]


In order to pass, any amendments to the constitution needed a double majority; a majority of the popular vote and majority of the cantons.[3] The decision of each canton was based on the vote in that canton.[3] Full cantons counted as one vote, whilst half cantons counted as half.[3]


Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 340,199 63.2 12 3 13.5
Against 190,013 36.8 7 3 8.5
Invalid/blank votes
Total 538,212 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1902 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1880
  3. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1891