1945 Swiss referendums

Two referendums were held in Switzerland during 1945.[1] The first was held on 21 January on a federal law on the Swiss Federal Railways, and was approved by voters.[1] The second was held on 25 November on a federal resolution on the "for the family" petition, and was also approved.[1]


The January referendum on the Swiss Federal Railways was an optional referendum,[1] which required only a simple majority to pass.[2] The November referendum was a mandatory referendum,[1] which 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]


January referendumEdit

Choice Votes %
For 388,831 56.7
Against 296,809 43.3
Blank votes 15,300
Invalid votes 1,461
Total 702,401 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,327,961 52.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

November referendumEdit

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 548,601 76.3 19 5 21.5
Against 170,278 23.7 0 1 0.5
Blank votes 24,738
Invalid votes 1,610
Total 745,227 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,341,980 55.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b c d e Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1913 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b c d Nohlen & Stöver, p1891