ElectionGudie

March 11, 2012 Held

2,334,005
Voted
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Swiss Confederation

Referendum

Results

45%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:2,334,005
Valid Votes:2,303,703
Invalid Votes:104,384

Provisions

Yes1,916,182

87.09

No284,108

12.91

Yes1,152,598

50.63

No1,123,802

49.37

No1,234,222

56.08

Yes966,633

43.92

No1,237,825

55.81

Yes980,273

44.19

Yes771,717

33.50

No1,531,986

66.50

More Info:

At stake in this Referendum:

  • A referendum on five provisions.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Eveline WIDMER-SCHLUMF *
  • Head of Government: President Eveline WIDMER-SCHLUMF
  • Assembly: Switzerland has a bicameral Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung/Assemblée Fédérale/Assemblea Federale) consisting of the Council of States (Standerat/Conseil des Etats/ Consiglio degli Stati) with 46 seats and the National Council (Nationalrat/Conseil National/Consiglio Nazionale) with 200 seats.

* The Federal Presidency rotates among members of the Federal Council, which is the formal chief of state.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is appointed by parliament to serve a 1-year term.
  • In the Council of States (Standerat/Conseil des Etats/ Consiglio degli Stati), 6 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 20 members are elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms*. In the National Council (Nationalrat/Conseil National/Consiglio Nazionale), 195 members are elected by open list proportional representation in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 5 members are elected by a plurality system to serve 4-year terms.**

* Single-member districts correspond to half-cantons. The electoral system is first-past-the-post. Two-seat districts correspond to full cantons. The electoral system is MNTV.

** Seats are apportioned to each canton or half-canton in proportion to its population. Voters have the option of panachage. In single-member districts, this is effectively a first-past-the-post system.

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • A provision to mandate six weeks of vacation for everyone.
  • A provision to end to the limitless construction of secondary houses.
  • A provision for tax-supported building society savings to buy living space for self-use and to finance energy saving and environmental measures.
  • A provision on the proposed new Fixed Book Price Agreement.
  • A provision on enshrining in the constitution that state earnings from gambling have to be used for the public interest.

Electoral Requirements

  • An absolute majority of voters must vote "yes" in order for passage.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 7,639,961 (July 2011 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 5,139,055 (March 2012 )