Swiss federal election, 1869

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 31 October 1869. The Radical Left remained the largest group in the National Council.[1]

Electoral system

The 128 members of the National Council were elected in 47 single- and multi-member constituencies; there was one seat for every 20,000 citizens, with seats allocated to cantons in proportion to their population.[2] The elections were held using a three-round system; candidates had to receive a majority in the first or second round to be elected; if it went to a third round, only a plurality was required. Voters could cast as many votes as there were seats in their constituency.[2] In six cantons (Appenzell Innerrhoden, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Glarus, Nidwalden, Obwalden and Uri), National Council members were elected by the Landsgemeinde.


Voter turnout was highest in Aargau at 85.6% (higher than the 79.1% who voted in Schaffhausen, where voting was compulsory) and lowest in Schwyz and Zug at 22.1%.

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Radical Left 37.656+3
Liberal Centre 25.931–8
Catholic Right 15.523+2
Democratic Group 14.615+4
Evangelical Right 4.13–1
Independents 2.300
Registered voters/turnout568,71354.2
Source: BFS


  1. Elections to the National Council 1848–1917: Distribution of seats by party or political orientation BFS
  2. 1 2 Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1886 ISBN 9783832956097
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