Swiss referendums, 1942

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Two referendums were held in Switzerland during 1942.[1] The first was held on 25 January on a popular initiative that would provide for the direct election of the Federal Council, as well as increasing the number of members.[2] It was rejected by voters.[1] The second was held on 3 May on a popular initiative "for the reorganisation of the National Council", and was also rejected.[1]


The referendums were both 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]


January referendum

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes13,381
Invalid votes3,311
Registered voters/turnout1,278,68862.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

May referendum

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes30,543
Invalid votes1,825
Registered voters/turnout1,283,48751.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. 1 2 3 4 Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1912 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. "Votation populaire du 25.01.1942". Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  3. 1 2 3 Nohlen & Stöver, p1891
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