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Old 14.01.2021, 07:00
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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The question is if that's really causation. The fact that it didn't work in the other Cantons seems strong evidence that it's not. Even more so when SH's fine of 1.- until some 50 years ago was the lowest of them all according to this paper (in AI it was ten times that!). Likewise, 6 CHF fine today (increased a few years ago from the 3.- you mentioned) can't really be the reason for people to drop their ballot papers, the amount is far too low for that.

It seems much more plausible that the high participation rate is expression of a social norm that disappeared elsewhere. Which could well mean that the fine is entirely useless - heck it might even be counterproductive.
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