1805 Batavian Republic constitutional referendum

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A constitutional referendum was held in the Batavian Republic on 16 October 1805.[1] Although a new constitution had been approved in an 1801 referendums, the French authorities put pressure on the Batavian State Council to pass a new constitution in which executive power was held by a single person,[1] the Grand pensionary, a post initially filled by Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck. The new constitution had 87 articles, which provided for a 19-seat Parliament with a three-year term which could pass or reject bills, but not change them.[1] It was approved by 99.96% of voters.[1]


Choice Votes %
For 353,186 99.96
Against 136 0.04
Invalid/blank votes 0
Total 353,322 100
Registered voters/turnout 353,322 100
Source: Direct Democracy