Swiss referendum, 1875

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A two-part referendum was held in Switzerland on 23 May 1875.[1] A new federal law establishing and certifying civil status and marriage was narrowly approved, whilst a new federal law on suffrage was narrowly rejected.[1]


This was the first optional referendum held in the country, as all previous referendums had been mandatory referendums.[2] Whilst obligatory referendums required both a majority of voters and a majority of cantons in favour, optional referendums required only a majority of the public vote.[3]


Federal law on the establishment of civil status and marriage[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 213,199 51.0
Against 205,069 49.0
Invalid/blank votes
Total 418,268 100
Registered voters/turnout
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Federal law on suffrage[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 202,583 49.4
Against 207,263 50.6
Invalid/blank votes
Total 409,846 100
Registered voters/turnout
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1902 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, pp1901-1902
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1891