2006 Swiss referendums

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Six referendums were held in Switzerland during 2006.[1] The first was held on 21 May on revising article 48a in the Swiss Federal Constitution on education, and was approved by 86% of voters.[2] The second set of three referendums was held on 24 September on proposed amendments to the laws on asylum and foreigners, as well as a popular initiative on diverting profits from the Swiss National Bank into the national pension fund. The two laws were approved, whilst the initiative was rejected.

The final two referendums were held on 26 November on laws on assistance to Poland and other poorer EU countries, and family allowances. Both were approved.[3][4]

Results[edit]

Month Question For Against Invalid/
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Total Registered
voters
Turnout Cantons for Cantons against
Votes % Votes % Full Half Full Half
May Constitutional amendment on education 1,137,450 85.6 191,666 14.4 26,943 1,356,059 4,877,897 27.8 20 6 0 0
September Swiss National Bank profits 973,831 41.7 1,359,514 58.3 52,246 2,385,591 4,893,927 48.7 2 1 18 5
Amendment to the foreigners law 1,602,134 68.0 755,119 32.0 36,243 2,393,496 48.9
Amendment to the asylum law 1,598,399 67.8 760,787 32.2 34,620 2,393,806 48.9
November Amendment to the family allowances law 1,480,796 68.0 697,415 32.0 28,268 2,206,479 4,902,446 45.0
Law on assistance for eastern Europe 1,158,494 53.4 1,010,190 46.6 36,585 2,205,269 45.0
Source: Direct Democracy

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