Swiss referendums, 1887

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Two referendums were held in Switzerland in 1887.[1] The first was held on 15 May, asking voters whether they approved of a federal law on spirits, and was approved by 65.9% of voters.[1] The second was held on 10 July, asking voters whether they approved of an amendment made to article 64 of the federal constitution, and was approved by 77.9% of voters and 20.5 cantons.[2]


The spirits referendum was an optional referendum,[1] which meant that only a majority of the public vote was required for the proposal to be approved.[3] The constitutional referendum was a mandatory referendum,[1] which required both a majority of voters and cantons.[3]


Federal spirits law

Choice Votes %
Invalid votes
Registered voters/turnout649,494
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Constitutional amendment

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Invalid/blank votes12,978
Registered voters/turnout647,07142.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. 1 2 3 4 Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1903 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, pp1903-1904
  3. 1 2 Nohlen & Stöver, p1891
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