Swiss stamp duty referendum, 1917

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A referendum on stamp duty was held in Switzerland on 13 May 1917.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of amending articles 41bis and 42 lit d of the constitution, which covered stamp duty.[1] The proposal was approved by a majority of voters and cantons.[1]


The referendum was a mandatory referendum,[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 190,288 53.2 14 1 14.5
Against 167,689 46.8 5 5 7.5
Blank votes 11,994
Invalid votes 6,092
Total 376,063 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 894,177 42.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b c d Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1907 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1891