Boosting renewable energy and nuclear phase out

Voters decide on the government's energy policy in the nationwide vote of the May 21, 2017. The referendum is the only issue on the ballot box.  

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About 5.3 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the May 21, 2017 ballot.

Votes on a broad range of issues, as well as elections, also took place in many cantons and municipalities across the country.

It was the second in a series of up to four nationwide ballots this year.

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Explore 600 national votes How direct democracy has grown over the decades

The number of issues put to vote has increased considerably since the 1970s. The graphics present more than 600 nationwide votes since 1848.

Direct democracy What’s a referendum?

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