Swiss federal election, 1875

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 31 October 1875. The Radical Left remained the largest group in the National Council.[1]

Electoral system

The 135 members of the National Council were elected in 48 single- and multi-member constituencies 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] There was one seat for every 20,000 citizens, with seats allocated to cantons in proportion to their population.[2]


Voter turnout was highest in Aargau at 85.6% (higher than the 73.7% who voted in Schaffhausen, where voting was compulsory) and lowest in Zug at 31.4%.

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Radical Left 38.263+3
Catholic Right 25.733+3
Liberal Centre 17.922–5
Democratic Group 11.7150
Evangelical Right 4.82–1
Socialists 0.10New
Independents 1.600
Registered voters/turnout635,74559.1
Source: BFS (seats)


  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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