Swiss federal election, 1896

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 25 October 1896. The Free Democratic Party retained its majority in the National Council.[1]

Electoral system

The 147 members of the National Council were elected in 52 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 Nidwalden at 90.3% (higher than the 89.3% in Schaffhausen where voting was compulsory) and lowest in Obwalden at 21.4%.

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Free Democratic Party181,02848.786+12
Catholic People's Party85,48423.030+1
Liberal Centre54,01214.521–6
Social Democratic Party25,3046.82+1
Democratic Group19,9465.48–8
Invalid/blank votes26,701
Registered voters/turnout713,36755.9
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] 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
  3. Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan
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