Swiss referendums, 1935

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Four referendums were held in Switzerland during 1935.[1] The first was held on 24 February on a federal law reorganising the military, and was approved by voters.[1] The second was held on 5 May on a federal law on the transport of goods and animals on roads, and was rejected by two-thirds of voters.[1] The third was held on 2 June on a popular initiative "to combat the economic crisis" and was also rejected by voters.[1] The fourth was held on 8 September on a popular initiative "for a total revision of the federal constitution", and was rejected by 72% of voters.[1]


The June referendum on the popular initiative "to combat the economic crisis" was a mandatory referendum,[1] requiring 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 February and March referendums were "optional", whilst the September referendum was a "process initiating decision",[1] both of which required only a majority of the public vote.[2]


February: Reorganisation of the military

Choice Votes %
Blank votes11,459
Invalid votes2,267
Registered voters/turnout1,189,57379.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

May: Transport of goods and animals

Choice Votes %
Blank votes30,393
Invalid votes1,210
Registered voters/turnout1,190,05463.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

June: Combating the economic crisis

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes12,575
Invalid votes2,043
Registered voters/turnout1,194,12984.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

September: Total revision of the constitution

Choice Votes %
Blank votes17,853
Invalid votes1,497
Registered voters/turnout1,193,94160.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1911 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. 1 2 3 4 Nohlen & Stöver, p1891
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