Swiss federal election, 1887

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 30 October 1887. The Radical Left narrowly retained its majority in the National Council.[1]

Electoral system

The 145 members of the National Council were elected in 49 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 Schaffhausen (where voting was compulsory) at 95.5% and lowest in Zug at 18.5%.

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Radical Left 40.273–1
Catholic Right 28.335–2
Liberal Centre 15.919+1
Democratic Group 9.414–1
Evangelical Right 3.44+3
Socialists 1.300
Independents 1.500
Registered voters/turnout649,22955.3
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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