Tunnels, taxes and tough on foreign criminals

Voters decided on four separate issues in the nationwide ballots on February 28, 2016. A rightwing initiative to enforce the deportation of convicted foreigners; a leftwing proposal to ban financial speculation with foodstuffs; a centrist plan to introduce tax breaks for families; and environmental groups were challenging a decision to build another road tunnel through the central Swiss Alps.

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Enforcement of deportation initiative
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Second Gotthard road tunnel
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Tax breaks for married couples
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About 5.2 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the February 28, 2016 ballot.

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

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