How is a referendum launched?


Who can launch a referendum?

Any member of the electorate who is opposed to a new or amended law passed by the Swiss parliament can launch an optional referendum – even if they live abroad.

Individuals can join forces with other people to form a referendum committee. This makes things easier, but is not absolutely necessary.

What is more, several groups can initiate a referendum against the same new or amended law – even though they might be from different political camps. The signatures collected are counted.