Swiss referendums, 1919

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Three referendums were held in Switzerland during 1919.[1] The first two were held on 4 May on amending the constitution to add article 24ter on shipping, and on a constitutional amendment to impose a war tax.[1] Both proposals were approved by a majority of voters and cantons.[1] The third was held on 10 August on temporary amendments to article 73 of the constitution, and was also approved.[1]

Background[edit]

All three referendums 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]

Results[edit]

Constitutional amendment on shipping[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 399,131 83.6 19 6 22
Against 78,260 16.4 0 0 0
Blank votes 19,329
Invalid votes 8,401
Total 505,121 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 937,257 53.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Constitutional amendment on a war tax[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 307,528 65.1 17 6 20
Against 165,119 34.9 2 0 2
Blank votes 20,920
Invalid votes 10,347
Total 503,914 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 937,257 53.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Temporary amendment of article 73[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 200,008 71.6 19 5 21.5
Against 79,369 28.4 0 1 0.5
Blank votes 19,708
Invalid votes 6,710
Total 305,795 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 931,523 32.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1907 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1891