1993 Swiss referendums

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Sixteen referendums were held in Switzerland during 1993.[1] The first three were held on 7 March on a federal law to raise fuel taxes (approved), a federal resolution on lifting the ban on gambling establishments (approved) and a popular initiative on banning animal testing (rejected).[2] The next two were held on 6 June on two popular initiatives; "40 military training areas are enough–environment projection at military" and "for a Switzerland without new warplanes". Both were rejected by voters.[2]

The next set of five referendums was held on 26 September on a federal resolution on the misuse of weaponry (approved), whether Laufen should be part of the Basel-Landschaft canton (approved), a popular initiative on creating a new Swiss National Day on 1 August (approved), a federal resolution on a temporary halt to increase in the cost of health insurance (approved) and a federal resolution on unemployment insurance (approved).[2]

The final set of six referendums was held on 28 November on federal resolutions on the financial order (approved), recovering money owed to the federal government (approved), measures for preserving social insurance (approved) and special excise taxes (approved), as well as popular initiatives "on the reduction of alcohol problems" and "on the reduction of tobacco problems", both of which were rejected.[1]

Results[edit]

Month Question For Against Blank/invalid Total Registered
voters
Turnout Cantons for Cantons against
Votes % Votes % Blank Invalid Full Half Full Half
March Raising fuel taxes 1,259,373 54.5 1,051,067 45.5 19,307 4,086 2,333,833 4,551,493 51.3
Abolishing the ban on gambling establishments 1,665,454 72.5 632,998 27.5 29,343 4,707 2,332,502 51.2 20 6 0 0
Banning animal testing 634,758 27.8 1,651,333 72.2 40,830 4,832 2,331,753 51.2 0 0 20 6
June Environmental protection 1,124,893 44.7 1,390,812 55.3 14,715 3,584 2,534,004 4,559,258 55.6 6 2 14 4
Ban on new warplanes 1,074,661 42.8 1,435,744 57.2 20,077 3,738 2,534,220 55.6 3 2 17 4
September Federal resolution on weaponry 1,539,782 86.3 245,026 13.7 27,262 2,593 1,814,663 4,553,754 39.8 20 6 0 0
Laufen and Basel-Landschaft 1,188,941 75.2 392,893 24.8 209,883 6,830 1,798,547 39.5 20 6 0 0
Swiss National Day 1,492,285 83.8 289,122 16.2 32,226 2,795 1,816,428 39.9 20 6 0 0
Health insurance costs 1,416,209 80.5 342,002 19.5 50,400 2,971 1,811,582 39.8
Unemployment insurance 1,225,069 70.4 515,113 29.6 66,321 3,245 1,809,748 39.7
November Financial order 1,347,400 66.7 674,031 33.3 48,433 3,330 2,073,194 4,565,751 45.4 19 6 1 0
Recovering money owed to the federal government 1,163,887 57.7 852,439 42.3 52,257 3,369 2,071,952 45.4 15 6 5 0
Protecting social insurance 1,258,782 62.6 752,472 37.4 57,503 3,526 2,072,283 45.4 19 6 1 0
Excise taxes 1,212,002 60.6 786,396 39.4 70,176 3,634 2,072,208 45.4 17 6 3 0
Reduction of alcohol problems 516,054 25.3 1,527,165 74.7 30,516 3,073 2,076,808 45.5 0 0 20 6
Reduction of tobacco problems 521,433 25.5 1,521,885 74.5 30,999 2,988 2,077,305 45.5 0 0 20 6
Source: Nohlen

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1935–1936 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1935