• Notes from the Federal Palace

Votes and Elections


Federal referenda

Two proposals will be put to the vote on 8 March 2015:

  • Popular initiative of 5 November 2012 “Strengthen families! Tax-free child and educational allowances” (BBl 2014 7221);
  • Popular initiative of 17 December 2012 “Energy tax instead of VAT” (BBl 2014 7217).

All information on the proposals (voting pamphlet, committees, party statements, electronic voting, etc.) can be found at

Other referendum dates in 2015: 14 June, 18 October (federal elections), 29 November.

You will find facts, instructions, useful information and additional links concerning the federal elections on 18 October 2015 at – a joint website provided by the Federal Chancellery, Parliamentary Services, the Federal Statistical Office and


Popular initiatives

The following new federal popular initiatives had been launched at the time of going to press (deadline for the collection of signatures in brackets):

  • “Zur Ausschaffung krimineller Männer” (For the deportation of male criminals) (18.05.2016)

The list of pending popular initiatives can be found at under Aktuell > Wahlen und Abstimmungen > Hängige Volksinitiativen.