See also the publications Voter Turnout Since 1945: A Global Report and Voter Turnout in Western Europe since 1945: A Regional Report, which are based on the data in this database.

Voter turnout data for Switzerland

The table below shows the statistics from recent elections in Switzerland. The data has been verified where possible. You can click on any cell to see when the data was last reviewed. You can also help us make the database better by suggesting updates or corrections.

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Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu­lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfill a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2011
49.10%
2,514,106
5,120,379
40.04%
6,278,531
7,639,961
 No
2007
48.28%
2,373,071
4,915,533
39.79%
5,964,448
7,554,661
1.80%
 No
2003
45.22%
2,161,921
4,780,440
37.27%
5,801,412
7,318,638
1.80%
 No
1999
43.22%
2,004,540
4,638,284
34.94%
5,736,298
7,214,950
1%
 No
1995
42.25%
1,940,646
4,593,772
35.66%
5,442,360
7,068,000
2.30%
 No
1991
46.04%
2,076,886
4,510,784
39.67%
5,236,000
6,800,000
1.60%
 No
1987
47.48%
1,958,469
4,125,078
39.90%
4,908,750
6,545,000
1.20%
 No
1983
48.91%
1,990,012
4,068,532
40.79%
4,878,750
6,505,000
1.50%
 No
1979
48.06%
1,856,689
3,863,169
40.60%
4,572,720
6,351,000
1.30%
 No
1975
52.39%
1,955,752
3,733,113
43.62%
4,483,500
6,405,000
1.20%
 No
1971
56.36%
2,000,135
3,548,860
45.02%
4,442,771
6,230,000
1.30%
 Yes
1967
63.76%
1,019,907
1,599,479
53.21%
1,916,800
5,990,000
1.80%
 Yes
1963
64.46%
986,997
1,531,164
53.46%
1,846,400
5,770,000
1.80%
 Yes
1959
68.46%
1,008,563
1,473,155
58.11%
1,735,470
5,259,000
1.90%
 Yes
1955
68.71%
998,881
1,453,807
60.78%
1,643,400
4,980,000
1.70%
 Yes
1951
69.78%
986,937
1,414,308
62.98%
1,567,170
4,749,000
1.90%
 Yes
1947
71.69%
985,499
1,374,740
66.01%
1,492,920
4,524,000
1.90%
 Yes