Swiss referendums, 1894

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Three referendums were held in Switzerland during 1894.[1] The first was held on 4 March on a federal resolution to amend the constitution regarding trade and commerce, and was rejected by a majority of voters and cantons.[1] The second was held on 3 June on a popular initiative on the right to work, and was rejected by a majority of voters and all cantons.[1] The third was held on 4 November 1894 on a popular initiative on a partial contribution to tariffs from the cantons, and was also rejected by a majority of voters and cantons.[1]

Background[edit]

The referendums on the right to work and tariffs were popular initiatives, whilst the referendum on trade was a mandatory referendum.[1] Both types required 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]

Trade and commerce[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 135,713 46.1 7 1 7.5
Against 158,492 53.9 12 5 14.5
Blank votes 21,454
Invalid votes 1,048
Total 316,707 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 676,854 46.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Right to work[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 75,880 19.8 0 0 0
Against 308,289 80.2 19 6 22
Blank votes 5,865
Invalid votes 1,993
Total 392,027 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 680,731 57.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Tariffs[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 145,462 29.3 7 3 8.5
Against 350,639 70.7 12 3 13.5
Blank votes 5,524
Invalid votes 1,239
Total 502,864 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 690,250 72.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1904 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1891