Swiss referendums, 1895

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Three referendums were held in Switzerland during 1895.[1] The first was held on 3 February on a popular initiative on a federal law on Swiss embassies abroad, and was rejected by a majority of voters.[1] The second was held on 29 September on a federal resolution on amending the constitution regarding the institution of a match monopoly, and was rejected by a majority of voters and cantons.[1] The third was held on 3 November on a constitutional amendment regarding the military, and was also rejected by a majority of voters and cantons.[1]

Background[edit]

The referendums on a match monopoly and the military were mandatory referendums,[1] which 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] The embassies referendum was an optional referendum,[2] which required only a majority of the public vote.[2]

Results[edit]

Embassies[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 124,517 41.2
Against 177,991 58.8
Blank votes 11,992
Invalid votes 4,781
Total 319,281 100
Registered voters/turnout 689,180 46.3
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Match monopoly[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 140,174 43.2 6 3 7.5
Against 184,109 56.8 13 3 14.5
Blank votes 9,442
Invalid votes 2,236
Total 335,961 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 690,592 48.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Constitutional amendment on the military[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 195,178 42.0 4 1 4.5
Against 269,751 58.0 15 5 17.5
Blank votes 7,066
Invalid votes 1,277
Total 473,272 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 697,131 67.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1904–1905 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b c d e Nohlen & Stöver, p1891