Swiss referendums, 1876

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Two referendums were held in Switzerland in 1876.[1] The first was held on 23 April on the subject of distributing and cashing of banknotes, and was rejected by 61.7% of voters.[1] The second was held on 9 July on a federal law on taxation of compensation for not serving in the military, and was rejected by 54.2% of voters.[1]


Both referendums were classed as "optional referendums",[1] which meant that only a majority of the public vote was required for them to pass, as opposed to the mandatory referendums that required both a majority of voters and cantons to approve the proposals.[2]



Choice Votes %
For 120,068 38.3
Against 193,253 61.7
Invalid/blank votes
Total 313,321 100
Registered voters/turnout
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Military taxation[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 156,157 45.8
Against 184,894 54.2
Invalid/blank votes
Total 341,051 100
Registered voters/turnout
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b c d Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1902 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1891