Swiss referendums, 1887

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Two referendums were held in Switzerland in 1887.[1] The first was held on 15 May, asking voters whether they approved of a federal law on spirits, and was approved by 65.9% of voters.[1] The second was held on 10 July, asking voters whether they approved of an amendment made to article 64 of the federal constitution, and was approved by 77.9% of voters and 20.5 cantons.[2]


The spirits referendum was an optional referendum,[1] which meant that only a majority of the public vote was required for the proposal to be approved.[3] The constitutional referendum was a mandatory referendum,[1] which required both a majority of voters and cantons.[3]


Federal spirits law[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 267,122 65.9
Against 138,496 34.1
Invalid votes
Total 405,618 100
Registered voters/turnout 649,494
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Constitutional amendment[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 203,506 77.9 18 5 20.5
Against 57,862 22.1 1 1 1.5
Invalid/blank votes 12,978
Total 274,346 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 647,071 42.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b c d Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1903 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, pp1903-1904
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1891