• Notes from the Federal Palace

Votes and Elections


Federal referendums

Voting proposals are determined by the Federal Council at least four months before the voting date. The following proposals will be put to the vote on 23 September 2018:

  • Federal Decree of 13 March 2018 on Cycle Paths, Footpaths and Hiking Trails (direct counter-proposal to the Popular Initiative “To encourage the use of cycle paths, footpaths and hiking trails (Bike Initiative)”
  • Federal Popular Initiative of 26 November 2015 “For healthy, environmentally-friendly food fairly produced (Fair Food Initiative)”
  • Federal Popular Initiative of 30 March 2016 “For food sovereignty. Agriculture affects us all”

Further voting date in 2018: 25 November

All information on the proposals (voting pamphlets, committees, recommendations by Parliament and the Federal Council, electronic voting, etc.) can be found at

Popular initiatives

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

  • For autonomy in family and business affairs (Child and Adult Protection Initiative) (15.11.2019)
  • Appoint federal judges by drawing lots (Judiciary Initiative) (15.11.2019)

The list of pending popular initiatives can be found in German at