Swiss referendums, 1947

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Three referendums were held in Switzerland during 1947.[1] The first was held on 18 May on a popular initiative for "economic reform and rights concerning work", and was rejected by voters.[1] The second and third were both held on 6 July on revising the articles of the federal constitution covering the economy and a federal law on aged and bereavement insurance.[1] Both were approved by voters.[1]

Background[edit]

The May referendum, which was a popular initiative, and the July referendum on amending the constitution, which was a mandatory referendum,[1] both 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 July referendum on the federal law on aged and bereavement insurance was an optional referendum,[1] which required only a simple majority of votes in favour.[1]

Results[edit]

May: Popular initiative on economic reform and work rights[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 244,415 31.2 0 0 0
Against 539,244 68.8 19 6 22
Blank votes 24,694
Invalid votes 2,734
Total 811,088 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,364,771 59.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

July: Constitutional amendment[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 556,803 53.0 11 2 12
Against 494,414 47.0 8 4 10
Blank votes 39,695
Invalid votes 1,937
Total 1,092,849 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,371,760 79.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

July: Aged and bereavement insurance[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 862,036 80.0
Against 215,496 20.0
Blank votes 13,573
Invalid votes 1,744
Total 1,092,849 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,371,760 79.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1913 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1891