Swiss referendum, 1884

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A four-part referendum was held in Switzerland on 11 May 1884.[1] All four were rejected by voters.[1]

Background[edit]

All four referendums were optional referendums,[1] which meant that only a majority of the public vote was required for the proposals to be approved, as opposed to a mandatory referendum which required both a majority of voters and cantons.[2]

Results[edit]

Question I[edit]

Question I asked whether a federal law on the organisation of the federal departments for justice and the police should be enacted.[1]

Choice Votes %
For 149,729 41.1
Against 214,916 58.9
Invalid votes 16,495
Total 381,140 100
Registered voters/turnout 634,299 60.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question II[edit]

Question II asked voters whether they approved of a federal resolution on patent taxes for salesmen.[1]

Choice Votes %
For 174,195 47.9
Against 189,550 52.1
Invalid votes 17,370
Total 381,115 100
Registered voters/turnout 634,299 60.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question III[edit]

Question III asked voters whether they approved of an amendment to the federal criminal law made on 4 February 1853.[1]

Choice Votes %
For 159,068 44.0
Against 202,773 56.0
Invalid votes 19,146
Total 380,987 100
Registered voters/turnout 634,299 60.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question IV[edit]

Question IV asked voters whether they approved of a federal resolution on a 10,000 CHF contribution to the cost of the Swiss embassy in Washington, D.C..[1]

Choice Votes %
For 137,824 38.5
Against 219,728 61.5
Invalid votes 23,455
Total 381,007 100
Registered voters/turnout 634,299 60.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1903 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1891