Swiss schools referendum, 1902

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Coat of Arms of Switzerland (Pantone).svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of

A referendum on schools was held in Switzerland on 15 March 1903.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of a federal resolution on the federal government providing financial support for public elementary schools.[1] It was approved by 76.3% of voters and a majority of cantons.[1]


The referendum was an "obligatory referendum",[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]


Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 258,567 76.3 19 5 21.5
Against 80,429 23.7 0 1 0.5
Blank votes 12,449
Invalid votes 1,732
Total 353,177 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 757,320 46.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b c d Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1906 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1891