Swiss referendums, 1947

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Three referendums were held in Switzerland during 1947.[1] The first was held on 18 May on a popular initiative for "economic reform and rights concerning work", and was rejected by voters.[1] The second and third were both held on 6 July on revising the articles of the federal constitution covering the economy and a federal law on aged and bereavement insurance.[1] Both were approved by voters.[1]


The May referendum, which was a popular initiative, and the July referendum on amending the constitution, which was a mandatory referendum,[1] both 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] The July referendum on the federal law on aged and bereavement insurance was an optional referendum,[1] which required only a simple majority of votes in favour.[1]


Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes24,694
Invalid votes2,734
Registered voters/turnout1,364,77159.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

July: Constitutional amendment

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes39,695
Invalid votes1,937
Registered voters/turnout1,371,76079.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

July: Aged and bereavement insurance

Choice Votes %
Blank votes13,573
Invalid votes1,744
Registered voters/turnout1,371,76079.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1913 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. 1 2 3 Nohlen & Stöver, p1891
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