Six referendums were held in Switzerland during 2006. The first was held on 21 May on revising article 48a in the Swiss Federal Constitution on education, and was approved by 86% of voters. The second set of three referendums was held on 24 September on proposed amendments to the laws on asylum and foreigners, as well as a popular initiative on diverting profits from the Swiss National Bank into the national pension fund. The two laws were approved, whilst the initiative was rejected.
The final two referendums were held on 26 November on laws on assistance to Poland and other poorer EU countries, and family allowances. Both were approved.
|Turnout||Cantons for||Cantons against|
|May||Constitutional amendment on education||1,137,450||85.6||191,666||14.4||26,943||1,356,059||4,877,897||27.8||20||6||0||0|
|September||Swiss National Bank profits||973,831||41.7||1,359,514||58.3||52,246||2,385,591||4,893,927||48.7||2||1||18||5|
|Amendment to the foreigners law||1,602,134||68.0||755,119||32.0||36,243||2,393,496||48.9|
|Amendment to the asylum law||1,598,399||67.8||760,787||32.2||34,620||2,393,806||48.9|
|November||Amendment to the family allowances law||1,480,796||68.0||697,415||32.0||28,268||2,206,479||4,902,446||45.0|
|Law on assistance for eastern Europe||1,158,494||53.4||1,010,190||46.6||36,585||2,205,269||45.0|
|Source: Direct Democracy|
- ^Switzerland Direct Democracy (in German)
- ^Switzerland, 21 May 2006: Reordering of the constitutional provision for education Direct Democracy (in German)
- ^Switzerland, 26 November 2006: East Assistance Law Direct Democracy (in German)
- ^Switzerland, 26 November 2006: Family Allowances Law Direct Democracy (in German)
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