1937 Swiss freemasonry referendum

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A referendum on freemasonry was held in Switzerland on 28 November 1937.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of a popular initiative that would ban the practice.[1] The proposal was rejected by a majority of voters and cantons.[1]


The referendum was a popular initiative,[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 234,980 31.3 1 0 1
Against 515,327 68.7 18 6 21
Blank votes 30,578
Invalid votes 2,231
Total 783,116 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,187,637 65.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b c d Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1911 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1891