Swiss referendums, 1897

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Three referendums were held in Switzerland during 1897.[1] The first was held on 28 February on a federal law establishing a Central Bank, and was rejected by a majority of voters.[1] The second and third were held on 11 July concerning an amendment to article 24 of the constitution and on legislation on potentially harmful foodstuffs and stimulants.[1] Both were approved by a majority of voters and cantons.[1]


The referendums on the constitutional amendment and the foodstuffs legislation were mandatory referendums,[1] which required a double majority; a majority of the popular vote and majority of the cantons.[2] The decision of each canton was based on the vote in that canton.[2] Full cantons counted as one vote, whilst half cantons counted as half.[2] The Central Bank referendum was an optional referendum,[1] which required only a majority of the public vote.[2]


Central Bank

Choice Votes %
Blank votes8,198
Invalid votes2,197
Registered voters/turnout715,34264.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Amendment to article 24 of the constitution

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes25,444
Invalid votes6,077
Registered voters/turnout716,88338.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Legislation on foodstuffs and stimulants

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes24,023
Invalid votes4,624
Registered voters/turnout716,88338.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1905 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. 1 2 3 4 Nohlen & Stöver, p1891
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