Swiss referendums, 1918

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Two referendums were held in Switzerland during 1918.[1] The first was held on 2 June on introducing a direct federal tax, and was rejected by a majority of voters and cantons.[1] The second was held on 13 October 1918 on introducing proportional representation for National Council elections, and was approved by a majority of voters and cantons.[1] As a result, proportional representation was introduced in the 1919 elections.[2]


Both referendums were popular initiatives,[1] which required a double majority; a majority of the popular vote and majority of the cantons.[3] The decision of each canton was based on the vote in that canton.[3] Full cantons counted as one vote, whilst half cantons counted as half.[3]


Federal tax

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes4,332
Invalid votes5,290
Registered voters/turnout936,09665.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Proportional representation

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes8,892
Invalid votes5,825
Registered voters/turnout936,33649.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. 1 2 3 4 Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1907 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1886
  3. 1 2 3 Nohlen & Stöver, p1891
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