Swiss referendums, 1945

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Two referendums were held in Switzerland during 1945.[1] The first was held on 21 January on a federal law on the Swiss Federal Railways, and was approved by voters.[1] The second was held on 25 November on a federal resolution on the "for the family" petition, and was also approved.[1]


The January referendum on the Swiss Federal Railways was an optional referendum,[1] which required only a simple majority to pass.[2] The November referendum was a mandatory referendum,[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]


January referendum

Choice Votes %
Blank votes15,300
Invalid votes1,461
Registered voters/turnout1,327,96152.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

November referendum

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes24,738
Invalid votes1,610
Registered voters/turnout1,341,98055.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1913 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. 1 2 3 4 Nohlen & Stöver, p1891
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