Sept. 26, 2013, 12:11 p.m.
Switzerland (September 22, 2013): Voters in Switzerland voted in three nationwide referendums on September 22, 2013. The first question voters were asked was regarding a popular initiative to end compulsory military service and replace it with voluntary military service. The Federal Council and Council of States both recommended voters oppose the initiative, and only 646,106 Swiss voters (26.84 percent) voted in favor of the initiative. A referendum to accept the Epidemics Act of Switzerland to improve protection of the population against health risks passed with 60.25 percent of the voters in favor (1,416,452 votes). Finally, voters were asked to approve an amendment to the Act on Employment in Business, Trade, and Industry to allow petrol stations and motorway service stations to employ staff around the clock for travelers. This referendum also passed, with 1,324,530 Swiss votes (55.79 percent) voting in favor.