June 9, 2013, midnight
Voters in Switzerland will take part in two nationwide referendums on June 9, 2013. The first referendum will be on a citizen-led initiative to amend the Swiss Federal Constitution to reform elections to the Federal Council. The Federal Council is the 7-member executive council, which serves as the head of state of Switzerland. Presently, the Federal Council is elected indirectly by the Federal Assembly. The amendment would change the constitution to allow for a nationwide, direct election of the 7 members. An additional referendum is being held on approval of amendments to the Asylum Act (AsylA). The amendments would allow the federal government increased powers to streamline the asylum process, in addition to removing the right to apply for asylum at Swiss embassies abroad, and to apply for asylum for conscientious objecting and deserting. Both referendums must receive at least 50 percent plus 1 vote in favor to pass.