Swiss referendums, 1919

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Three referendums were held in Switzerland during 1919.[1] The first two were held on 4 May on amending the constitution to add article 24ter on shipping, and on a constitutional amendment to impose a war tax.[1] Both proposals were approved by a majority of voters and cantons.[1] The third was held on 10 August on temporary amendments to article 73 of the constitution, and was also approved.[1]


All three referendums 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]


Constitutional amendment on shipping

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes19,329
Invalid votes8,401
Registered voters/turnout937,25753.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Constitutional amendment on a war tax

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes20,920
Invalid votes10,347
Registered voters/turnout937,25753.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Temporary amendment of article 73

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes19,708
Invalid votes6,710
Registered voters/turnout931,52332.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1907 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. 1 2 3 Nohlen & Stöver, p1891
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