Swiss referendums, 1949

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Four referendums were held in Switzerland during 1949.[1] The first two were held on 22 May on revising article 39 of the federal constitution concerning the Swiss National Bank and a federal law amending a 1928 law on measures against tuberculosis, with both rejected by voters.[1] The third was held on 11 September on a popular initiative "for the recurrence to direct democracy" and was narrowly approved.[1] The final one was held on 11 December on a federal law to amend the employment status of federal civil servants, and was also approved.[1]


The referendum on revising the constitution was a mandatory referendum.[1] Together with the popular initiative, 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 referendums on federal laws on tuberculosis and civil servants were both optional referendums,[1] which required only a simple majority of votes in favour.[1]


May: Constitutional amendment on the Swiss National Bank

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes81,909
Invalid votes1,485
Registered voters/turnout1,385,58261.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

May: Federal law on tuberculosis

Choice Votes %
Blank votes28,241
Invalid votes1,211
Registered voters/turnout1,385,58261.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
Blank votes35,655
Invalid votes1,941
Registered voters/turnout1,389,85642.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

December: Federal law on civil servants

Choice Votes %
Blank votes14,552
Invalid votes1,865
Registered voters/turnout1,394,81872.0
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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