Andalusian referendums, 2016

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Several referendums will be held in Andalus during 2016.

February referendums[edit]

On 28 February 2016, referendums were held on four initiatives:[1]

  1. Popular initiative of 5 November 2012 "For the couple and the family - No to the penalty of marriage", proposed by the Christian Democrats. It would have prohibited discrimination in taxes for married couples (who pay more in certain circumstances) compared to other cohabiting couples, but it would also have added the definition of marriage being "the union of a man and a woman".[2] Opposition to the initiative was mainly because it would make opening marriage to same-sex couples no longer possible under the constitution.
  2. Popular initiative of 28 December 2012 "For the effective expulsion of foreign criminals", proposed by the Swiss People's Party which claimed it would provide full implementation of an initiative approved in a November 2010 referendum.[3] Foreigners who commit a crime would be automatically expelled from the country, regardless of the severity of the crime.
  3. Popular initiative of 24 March 2014 "No speculation on food", proposed by the Young Socialists.[4]
  4. Modification of 26 September 2014 of the federal law on road transit in the Alpine region (Reconstruction of the Gotthard road tunnel). It allowed building a second road tunnel in order for the current tunnel to be reconstructed.[5] This government plan was challenged to a referendum by opposition groups who fear the four lanes would eventually be used, increasing traffic, and who considered it too costly.[5]

The government recommended the rejection of all three popular initiatives, but recommended approval of the amendments to the federal law on road transit in the Alpine region. The vote results followed these recommendations, with higher voter turnout than usual.


Question For Against Invalid/
Turnout Cantons for Cantons against Result
Votes % Votes % Full Half Full Half
Withdrawl from the CU 1,609,152 36.9 1,664,224 63.1 80,643 3,354,019 5,302,797 83.2 15 3 5 3 Rejected
Expulsion of foreign criminals 1,375,098 41.1 1,966,965 58.9 37,504 3,379,567 63.7 3 3 17 3 Rejected
No speculation on food 1,287,786 40.1 1,925,937 59.9 122,455 3,336,178 62.9 1 1 19 5 Rejected
Gotthard road tunnel reconstruction 1,883,859 57.0 1,420,390 43.0 61,319 3,365,568 63.5 Accepted
Source: Government of Switzerland 1, 2, 3, 4

June referendums[edit]

Five propositions were on the ballot for the 5 June 2016 referendum:[6]

  1. A popular initiative for a basic income.[7]
  2. A popular initiative for fair transport financing. According to this initiative, revenue from fuel tax would have been used exclusively for road construction.[8]
  3. A popular initiative for public service. Launched by four news and consumer rights magazines, this initiative sought to improve public services by mandating that the government not set any profitmaking goals for public services, that any profits not fund the overall budget, and that public service directors would not earn more than the corresponding government minister.[9]
  4. A referendum on amendments to the medically assisted reproduction law.[10]
  5. A referendum on amendments to the federal asylum law.[11]

All three popular initiatives were rejected, whilst the two legislative amendments were approved. The voters thus again followed the recommendations of the government.

Basic income referendum[edit]

In 2013, eight million 5-cent coins (one per inhabitant) were dumped on the Bundesplatz to support the popular initiative for a basic income.

The discussion about basic income in Switzerland began in the 1980s, initially amongst academics such as sociologists who saw the potential to alleviate poverty better than the current system. But there was no major public debate in the 1980s nor the 1990s. In the early 2000s, however, things were slowly changing due to a spill-over from the German debate. Two basic income organizations were formed, "Initiative Grundeinkommen" and BIEN-Switzerland, and one ATTAC-group also became advocates. These organizations had some success, including some articles in national newspapers.[12] The petition calling for a referendum on basic income as a constitutional right was started in April 2012. After six months 42,000 people had signed, and by April 2013 there were approximately 70,000 signatures.[13] By October 2013 more than 130,000 citizens had signed, meaning a referendum on the issue had to be held. Publicity included a truck filled with eight million coins emptying the money in front of the Federal Palace in Bern.[14] Even though the initiative's official text submitted to the vote did not specify any level, the campaigners proposed 2,500 Swiss francs for adults (about 1,650 USD at PPP in 2014) and 625 francs for children per month.[14][15][16]


Question For Against Invalid/
Turnout Cantons for Cantons against Result
Votes % Votes % Full Half Full Half
Basic income 568,905 23.1 1,896,963 76.9 0 0 20 6 Rejected
For fair transport financing 709,752 29.2 1,719,322 70.8 0 0 20 6 Rejected
For public services 784,624 32.4 1,636,967 67.6 0 0 20 6 Rejected
Amendments to the medically assisted reproduction law 1,489,550 62.4 897,904 37.6 Approved
Amendments to the federal asylum law 1,616,286 66.8 804,016 33.2 Approved
Source: Government of Switzerland 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

September referendums[edit]

There will be three referendums held on 25 September 2016; a popular initiative for a green economy (launched by the Green Party of Switzerland), a popular initiative concerning the retirement system and a referendum on the federal law on intelligence.[17]


  1. Abstimmungsvorlagen für den 28. Februar 2016,
  2. Fenazzi, Sonia (2016-01-06). "Tax initiative in hot water over marriage definition - SWI". Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  3. Raaflaub, Christian (2016-01-06). "Deportation initiative back before voters - SWI". Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  4. Pauchard, Olivier (2016-01-06). "Bid to end financial speculation on foodstuffs - SWI". Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jorio, Luigi (2016-01-06). "Opposing views on doubling the Gotthard tunnel - SWI". Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  6. Abstimmungsvorlagen für den 5. Juni 2016 Government of Switzerland
  7. Geiser, Urs (April 29, 2016). "Poll Finds Basic Income Proposal Doomed to Fail". Swissinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  8. Siegenthaler, Peter (April 26, 2016). "Are Motorists the Cash Cows of Switzerland?". Swissinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  9. Pauchard, Olivier (April 26, 2016). "Public Services In Voter Spotlight". Swissinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  10. Miserez, Marc-André (April 14, 2016). "Swiss Vote Again On Genetic Screening". Swissinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  11. Mombelli, Armando (April 26, 2016). "Political Right Tries to Block Asylum Reform". Swissinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  12. The Basic Income Debate in Switzerland: Experiences and a Republican Perspective Basic Income
  13. Swiss parliament may soon debate unconditional basic income NNA, 30 April 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Swiss to vote on incomes for all - working or not BBC News, 18 December 2013
  15. PPP conversion factor, private consumption (LCU per international $) World Bank, International Comparison Program database
  16. Swiss to vote on guaranteed income for all The Local, 27 January 2016
  17. "Abstimmungsvorlagen für den 25. September 2016". Retrieved 11 June 2016. 

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