Swiss federal election, 1914

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 25 October 1914. The Free Democratic Party retained its majority in the National Council.

Electoral system

The 189 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.[1] There was one seat for every 20,000 citizens, with seats allocated to cantons in proportion to their population.[1]


Voter turnout was highest in Aargau at 85.9% (higher than the 78.7% in Schaffhausen where voting was compulsory) and lowest in Zug at 21.2%.

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Free Democratic Party191,05456.1112–3
Conservative People's Party71,66821.137–1
Social Democratic Party34,20410.119+3
Liberal Democratic Party25,1427.415+2
Democratic Group9,0692.74–2
Agrarian Movement9,1332.71New
Democratic-Economic Association1New
Invalid/blank votes55,181
Registered voters/turnout851,37746.4
Source: Mackie & Rose[2]


  1. 1 2 Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1886 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan
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