The optional referendum is one of the main instruments of direct democracy. It allows voters to have the final say at the ballot box on certain parliamentary decisions.
Mandatory referendum and optional referendum in Switzerland
You can challenge certain decisions of Parliament by launching an optional referendum. If Parliament amends the Federal Constitution, a referendum is mandatory.
Who can sign a request for an optional referendum and how are signatures checked?
The rules that need to be followed when collecting signatures for a popular referendum.
What is a cantonal referendum and a communal referendum?
In Switzerland, referendums are held not only at federal level but also at cantonal and communal levels. What is the purpose of these instruments at cantonal and communal level and who can use them?
Laws in Switzerland
What is a law? Who makes them, and who has to respect them? Information about federal and cantonal legislation.
International law governs the relations between the countries of the world. When and under what conditions does international law apply in Switzerland