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Eleven referendums were held in Switzerland during 2001.[1] The first three were held on 4 March on popular initiatives on joining the European Union, lowering medicine prices and lowering the urban speed limit to 30 km/h in most places. All three were rejected by voters.[2] The next three referendums were held on 10 June on two separate amendments to the federal law on the Swiss army and on a federal resolution on abolishing the requirement for a permit to establish a diocese, all of which were approved.[2]

The final five referendums were held on 2 December on federal resolution on expenditure, which was approved, and four popular initiatives, all of which were rejected. The popular initiatives were "for an assured Aged and Bereaved insurance - tax on energy instead of work," "for an authentic security policy and a Switzerland without army," "Solidarity creates security: for a voluntary civilian peace service" and "for a capital gains tax."[1]

ResultsEdit

Month Question For Against Blank/invalid Total Registered
voters
Turnout Cantons for Cantons against
Votes % Votes % Blank Invalid Full Half Full Half
March European Union membership 597,217 23.2 1,982,549 76.8 24,106 12,247 2,616,119 4,688,461 55.8 0 0 20 6
Lower medicine prices 791,589 30.9 1,774,129 69.1 33,816 12,474 2,612,008 55.7 0 0 20 6
Urban speed limit of 30 km/h 525,609 20.3 2,063,314 79.7 15,095 12,121 2,616,139 55.8 0 0 20 6
June Federal law on the military amendment (1) 1,002,297 51.0 963,329 49.0 23,112 8,920 1,997,658 4,698,399 42.5
Federal law on the military amendment (2) 1,001,274 51.1 956,503 48.9 29,967 8,986 1,996,730 42.5
Abolishing permits for creating diocese 1,194,556 64.2 666,108 35.8 104,957 10,037 1,975,658 42.0 20 6 0 0
December Federal resolution on expenditure 1,472,259 84.7 265,090 15.3 38,522 6,510 1,782,381 4,712,583 37.8 20 6 0 0
For an assured Aged and Bereaved insurance 397,747 22.9 1,342,001 77.1 37,319 6,440 1,783,507 37.8 0 0 20 6
For an authentic security policy 384,905 21.9 1,372,420 78.1 23,609 6,364 1,787,298 37.9 0 0 20 6
Solidarity creates security 404,870 23.2 1,339,221 76.8 33,323 6,446 1,783,860 37.9 0 0 20 6
For a capital gains tax 594,927 34.1 1,149,182 65.9 33,048 6,414 1,783,571 37.8 0 0 20 6
Source: Nohlen

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1942–1943 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1942

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