1848 Swiss constitutional referendum

A constitutional referendum was held in Switzerland on 6 June 1848 and was the first referendum on record in the Swiss Confederation.[1] The new constitution was approved by 72.8% of voters and a majority of cantons.[1]


In order to pass, any amendments to the constitution needed 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]


Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 145,584 72.8 14 3 15.5
Against 54,320 27.2 5 3 6.5
Invalid/blank votes
Total 199,904 100 19 6 22
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1901 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1891