Swiss referendums May 2009

Swiss voters dealt with two referendums yesterday, both of which were approved on minimal turnout (38%).

Vote 541 was a popular initiative for alternative (or complementary medicine): Zukunft mit Komplementärmedizin

Yes 67%
No 33%

Below is a map of the vote. It sure looks like Swiss Francophones love alternative medicine, ultra-conservatives in Schwyz  not so much.

Switzerland Ref 2009 - Alternative Medicine

Vote 542 was the approval of the introduction of biometric passports.

Yes 50.1%
No 49.9%

Switzerland Ref 2009 - Biometric Passports

I tried hard to find something in this map ressembling a political pattern, but I haven’t found anything that explains the alternative medicine-lovers in Geneva and Jura voting the same way as the rural ultra-conservatives in Schwyz and Uri. The best I can give is that low turnout creates weird results.

Posted on May 18, 2009, in Referendums, Switzerland. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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