Swiss military referendum, 1940

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A referendum on the military was held in Switzerland on 1 December 1940.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of amending articles 103 and 104 of the federal law that detailed the organisation of the Swiss military.[1] The proposal was rejected by 55.7% of voters.[1]


The referendum was an optional referendum,[1] which only a majority of the vote, as opposed to the mandatory referendums, which required a double majority; a majority of the popular vote and majority of the cantons.[2]


Choice Votes %
For 345,430 44.3
Against 434,817 55.7
Blank votes 14,716
Invalid votes 3,122
Total 798,085 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,254,578 63.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b c d Nohlen, Dieter; Stöver, Philip (2010). Elections in Europe A Data Handbook. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company. p. 1912. ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7. 
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1891