Casting your vote – even if it is sometimes a chore

Hand on heart, did you vote in June? If you did, on how many of the five federal proposals? I tried to form an opinion on all of the initiatives and referenda. I studied the voting documents, read newspapers, watched “Arena” on Swiss television and discussed the issues with family and friends.

Admittedly, it was arduous at times: Just the documents themselves, which included two hefty booklets, various information sheets and the ballot papers, namely for the five federal proposals – pro public service, unconditional basic income, the milch cow initiative, the amendment to the law on reproductive medicine and an amendment to the Asylum Act – plus, because I live in Baselland, six cantonal proposals ranging from supplementary childcare to the “Cantonal parliament resolution on the implementation of the pension fund law reform for the pension scheme of the University of Basel under the pension fund of the canton of Basel-Stadt – a partnership-based enterprise”. Finally, the envelope also contained three ballot papers from my commune of Schönenbuch. These concerned the re-election of members of the school board, the election office and the president of the communal parliament. That comes to 14 referenda and votes in total.

This is a lot. And when I think how the proposals at national level are stacking up this year, I completely understand why some people opt out. The electorate is overburdened at times. Even politically-minded people cannot have a genuine view on everything. I nevertheless tried to, and voted on 5 June. I hope you did, too. Being able to vote in this way remains a privilege that is only afforded to a few people. Direct democracy allows us as Swiss to actively participate in current affairs and politics. So, we must not shy away from the effort required, however great, and should even be grateful from time to time.

Marko Lehtinen, editor-in-chief

Comments (5)
  • Rolf Wipraechtiger
    Rolf Wipraechtiger at 05.08.2016
    Sehr geehrter Herr Lehtinen,
    Am 04.08.2016 wurde mir per E-Mail mitgeteilt, 'Die neue Ausgabe der "Schweizer Revue" ist da.'
    Nur wenn man diese Version der "Schweizer Revue" als PDF oder als Internet Version auf "" herunterladen möchte, wird einem die Version der "Schweizer Revue" vom April 2015 angeboten.
    Es wäre doch schön, wenn man auch die letzte Version der "Schweizer Revue" als PDF oder als Internet Version auf "" herunterladen könnte.
    Bitte um Kenntnisnahme.
    Mit freundlichen Grüssen.
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  • Ulf D. Meyer
    Ulf D. Meyer at 05.08.2016
    Ich erhalte die Revue immer zunächst auf Französisch und muss erstmal lange herumsuchen, um das Blatt auf Deutsch umzustellen. Warum können Sie mir das Ganze nicht von Anfang an auf Deutsch schicken, oder wenigstens bereits auf dem Titelblatt die Kästchen für die verschiedenen Sprachen anbringen?
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    • O. Honauer
      O. Honauer at 05.08.2016
      @ Ulf D. Meyer
      Die Kästchen, um die Sprache zu ändern, sind auch auf der Startseite (Titelblatt) oben links vorhanden.
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  • Yvan Stern
    Yvan Stern at 09.08.2016
    L'édito ne concerne guère une partie des lecteurs. Non, je n'ai pas voté le 5 juin. De l'Afrique où j'habite, difficile de me rendre aux urnes... Et encore faut-il recevoir avant les brochures dont parle M. Lehtinen, dans ce pays où la poste est très lente, les distances énormes... Donc je suis un citoyen suisse privé de son droit de vote.
    Une solution existe pourtant, qui permet de recevoir la Revue suisse, de vous écrire, de m'occuper de mes comptes, etc... Internet. Tant que le vote par internet ne sera pas possible, je resterai un citoyen sans droits. Evidemment, c'est peut-être compliqué, mais pour un pays fier du plus long tunnel ferroviaire du monde, ce doit être possible, non? Quand?
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