Accession to Switzerland
|Date of Vote||1919-05-11|
|Yes calculation||Based on valid votes (yes and no)|
|Turnout Percent||Not known|
|Linked Vote Status||
|Theme Code Bfs 1||State organisation|
|Theme Code Bfs 2||National identity|
|Theme Code Bfs 3||Territoral questions|
Between November 1918 and February 1919 70% of the population signed a petition on the accession of Vorarlberg to Switzerland. The proposal was submitted to the Landtag on 1 March 1919. On 15 March the Landtag held a vote.
The result was published in the Vorarlberger Tagblatt on 14 May 1919. According to some figures 47,208 'yes' and 11,248 'no' votes were cast.
Austria was opposed, as were the Allies, as the accession would disturb the balance of power in central Europe. In Switzerland only catholic German-speaking circles were in favour; the liberals and both Italian and French-speaking Switzerland were opposed.