How does a nation of serial voters handle a referendum?

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By Peter Ungphakorn
MARCH 2, 2018 | UPDATED MARCH 2, 2018

On Sunday (March 4), the Swiss go to the first of four polls scheduled this year. It’s an opportunity to take a quick look at how referendums are handled in Switzerland.

The jewels in the crown are not just the power given to the people, but also the clear, simple, comprehensive and impartial explanations that accompany the ballot papers.

This is part of a systematic process that includes scrutiny, checks and balances. Years of experience allow the Swiss to handle it all professionally and systematically, up to four times a year — dates have been set in advance for every quarter all the way to 2037!

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Referendums, initiatives and counter-proposals
The ballot package

The issues can be pretty big. On…

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Utopia - you are standing in it promotes a classical liberal view of the world and champion the mass flourishing of humanity through capitalism and the rule of law. The origin of the blog is explained in the first blog post at https://utopiayouarestandinginit.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/why-call-my-blog-utopia-you-are-standing-in-it/

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