Aargau, Switzerland, regional Popular or citizen-initiated referendum [PCR] - Fakultative Volksabstimmungen

General Typology

Instrument
Popular or citizen-initiated referendum [PCR]
Location
Aargau, Switzerland
Political level
regional
Local Name:
Fakultative Volksabstimmungen
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

63 Optional referendums
1 At the request of 3000 persons eligible to vote, the following must be put for a referendum:
a) Laws,
b) Fundamental plans of state activity designated by law, if they are binding,
c) International and intercantonal treaties approved by the Great Council,
d) Decrees of the Great Council regarding new one-time expenditures of more than five Million Franks or new, yearly recurring expenditures of more than five Million Franks,
e) Decrees of the Great Council regarding new borrow of foreign funds, which lead to higher debt of Canton,
f) Other decrees of the Great Council designated by law.
2 The referendums regarding new expenditures on buildings and grants for construction may only be excluded and transferred to the final competence of the Authorities, unless otherwise is provided by law or decrees of the Great Council, given that:
a) costs are determined
b) in the case of cantonal structures, object and location are set or
c) in case of grants for construction, objects are designated.
3 The Great Council should be empowered to borrow foreign funds for special purpose, unless otherwise that amount, provided by law or a decree of the Great Council, is subject to referendum.

Ref.: The Constitution of Aargau, 1980 (Accessed 06.11.2019)

22 Determination of the result, absolute majority
1 In determining the result of an election or vote, blank and invalid ballots or votes are disregarded.
2 The absolute excess is calculated as follows: the total number of valid votes is divided by the number of authority members to be elected and half the result. The next higher whole number is the absolute.

23
Election and voting results
(..)
2 For the adoption of a template to be voted on, the absolute majority is required.

References: Law on Political Rights (GPR) Canton of Aargau, 03.1992 (Accessed 06.11.2019)

Subject Matter:

Laws, fundamental plans of state activity, International and intercantonal treaties, Decrees of the Great Council.

Actors

Author:
Authority
Initiator:
Citizens
Decision maker:
Electorate

Requirements

Number Of Signatures:
3000
Available Time:
90 days afther the official publication
Turnout Quorum:
None
Approval Quorum:
Absolute majority
Geographical Quorum:
None
Excluded Issues:
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Procedural Elements

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The English version here is a courtesy translation only. Only the original German, French or Italian version is binding.