Swiss federal election, 1908

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 29 October 1908. The Free Democratic Party retained its majority in the National Council.[1]

Electoral system

The 167 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 Aargau at 83.1% (higher than the 80% in Schaffhausen, where voting was compulsory) and lowest in Zug at 16.1%.

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Free Democratic Party202,73250.9105+1
Catholic People's Party81,73320.534–1
Social Democratic Party70,00317.67+5
Liberal Centre23,5975.916–3
Democratic Group14,4143.65–1
Invalid/blank votes28,528
Registered voters/turnout809,50852.7
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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