• Notes from the Federal Palace

Votes and Elections


Federal referendums

Proposals submitted to a popular vote are determined by the Federal Council at least four months before the voting date. The following proposals will be put to the vote on 25 November 2018:

  • Popular initiative of 23 March 2016 “For the dignity of agricultural animals (The Horned Cow Initiative)”
  • Popular initiative of 12 August 2016 “Swiss law instead of foreign judges (Self-Determination Initiative)”
  • Amendment of 16 March 2018 to the Federal Act on General Aspects of Social Security Law (GSSLA) (Statutory basis for monitoring claimants)

Voting dates in 2019:

10 February, 19 May, 20 October, 24 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):

  • “No to factory farming in Switzerland (Factory Farming Initiative)” (12 December 2019)
  • “Occupational pensions – work instead of poverty” (10 January 2020)

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