Zurich would have been only the second canton after Glarus to lower the voting age from 18 to 16. However, those entitled to vote obviously followed the arguments of the SVP and FDP: For them, this demand was a sign of an “excessive zeitgeist”.
They found that allowing minors to vote would make democratic decisions less credible. The FDP and SVP also doubted that the lower voting age would really promote political interest.
The no is a defeat for the supporters from the left-green side and from the center. For them, the lower voting age would have been an important “democracy update”.
After all, young people would already pay into the AHV with their apprenticeship wages. The first tax bill comes at 17. It’s nothing but fair if they can also vote. Young people are also affected by the decisions for the longest time.
The SP initiative, which called for 36 weeks of care leave for fathers and mothers, also had no chance. At the federal level, fathers have only had two weeks off work so far.
If those entitled to vote had said yes, Zurich would have been the first canton to take parental leave. However, 18 weeks of parental leave for fathers and mothers went too far for the people of Zurich. Here, too, the final result is not yet available, but the results so far are clear.
The other two proposals were less controversial: climate protection is now explicitly mentioned in the canton’s constitution. The results so far clearly point in the direction of yes. Because it was a constitutional change, the people had to decide on it. Only the SVP was against it.
The last draft, the Civil Rights Act, dealt with the naturalization criteria for foreigners. Here, too, the final result is not yet available, but the result will be a yes.
The new, cantonal law brings hardly any tightening compared to the federal requirements. Only young offenders have to wait a little longer in Zurich to apply for naturalization.
Overall, the law was too soft for the SVP, which is why they held the referendum. In her opinion, the requirements for length of stay and language level should be increased and security checks tightened.