Swiss referendum, 1896

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A three-part referendum was held in Switzerland on 4 October 1896.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of a federal law on guarantees in the cattle trade, a federal law on the accounting system for the railways and a federal law on the disciplinary penal code for the federal army.[1] Whilst the law on the railways was approved, the other two were rejected by voters.[1]


The referendums were optional referendums,[1] which required only a majority of the public vote,[2] rather than a majority of votes and cantons.[2]


Cattle trade guarantees law[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 174,880 45.5
Against 209,118 54.5
Blank votes 20,483
Invalid votes 6,827
Total 411,308 100
Registered voters/turnout 714,033 57.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Railways accounting law[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 223,228 55.8
Against 176,577 44.2
Blank votes 10,095
Invalid votes 3,089
Total 412,989 100
Registered voters/turnout 714,033 57.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Military penal code law[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 77,169 19.9
Against 310,992 80.1
Blank votes 15,717
Invalid votes 7,295
Total 411,173 100
Registered voters/turnout 714,033 57.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b c d Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1905 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1891