1866 Swiss referendum

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A nine-part referendum was held in Switzerland on 14 January 1866.[1] Only two proposals received a majority of votes in favour, and only one had both a majority of votes and majority of cantons.[1]

Background[edit]

In order to pass, the referendums needed 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]

Question I – weights and measures[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 159,182 50.4 8 3 9.5
Against 156,396 49.6 11 3 12.5
Invalid/blank votes
Total 315,578 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question II – equality of rights to settlement for Jews and naturalised people[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 170,032 53.2 11 3 12.5
Against 149,401 46.8 8 3 9.5
Invalid/blank votes
Total 319,433 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question III – local suffrage for settled people[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 137,321 43.1 7 2 8
Against 181,441 56.9 12 4 14
Invalid/blank votes
Total 318,762 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question IV – taxation and civil rights of settled people[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 125,924 39.9 8 2 9
Against 189,830 60.1 11 4 13
Invalid/blank votes
Total 315,754 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question V – cantonal suffrage for settled people[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 153,469 48.1 9 2 10
Against 165,679 51.9 10 4 12
Invalid/blank votes
Total 319,148 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question VI – religious and cultural freedom[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 157,629 49.2 10 2 11
Against 162,992 50.8 9 4 11
Invalid/blank votes
Total 320,621 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question VII – criminal law[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 108,364 34.2 6 1 6.5
Against 208,619 65.8 13 5 15.5
Invalid/blank votes
Total 316,983 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question VIII – copyright law[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 137,476 43.7 8 3 9.5
Against 177,386 56.3 11 3 12.5
Invalid/blank votes
Total 314,862 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question IX – prohibition of gambling and lotteries[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 139,062 44.0 8 3 9.5
Against 176,788 56.0 11 3 12.5
Invalid/blank votes
Total 315,850 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1901-1902 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1891