Swiss referendums, 1931

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Five referendums were held in Switzerland during 1931.[1] The first was held on 8 February on a federal resolution on a petition for a referendum on article 12 of the constitution concerning bans on religious orders, and was approved by a majority of voters and cantons.[1] The second and third were held on 15 March on revising article 72 of the constitution concerning the election of the National Council and on revising article 76, 96 and 105 on the legislative term.[1] Both were approved.[1] The fourth and fifth were held on 6 December on a federal law on aged and bereavement insurance and a federal law on tobacco taxation. Both were rejeected.[1]

Background[edit]

The February and March referendums were "obligatory",[1] requiring 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 December referendums were "optional",[1] and required only a majority of the public vote.[2]

Results[edit]

February: Petition for a referendum on article 12[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 293,845 90.2 14 6 17
Against 124,804 29.8 5 0 5
Blank votes 39,649
Invalid votes 2,142
Total 460,440 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,100,670 41.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

March: Election of the National Council[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 296,053 53.9 11 5 13.5
Against 253,382 46.1 8 1 8.5
Blank votes 38,517
Invalid votes 2,490
Total 590,442 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,104,113 53.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

March: Legislative terms[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 297,938 53.7 14 4 16
Against 256,919 46.3 5 2 6
Blank votes 33,477
Invalid votes 2,108
Total 590,442 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,104,113 53.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

December: Aged and bereavement insurance[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 338,032 39.7
Against 513,512 60.3
Blank votes 24,846
Invalid votes 2,673
Total 879,063 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,124,881 78.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

December: Tobacco tax[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 423,523 49.9
Against 425,449 50.1
Blank votes 27,498
Invalid votes 2,593
Total 879,063 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,124,881 78.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1910–1911 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b c d Nohlen & Stöver, p1891