Vote June 14: Inheritance tax, genetic testing and public broadcasting fees

A proposal to introduce a nationwide inheritance tax to fund old age pensions was one of four issues Swiss voters decided on when they went to the polls on June 14. The others included a constitutional amendment to allow genetic testing on IVF embryos; a reform of the funding system for public radio and television; and an initiative to harmonise criteria among cantons for awarding student grants. It was the second and final set of votes this year ahead of October's parliamentary elections.

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Final results showed 50.08% of voters adopted the reform - a margin of just 3,696 votes
Communications Minister Leuthard on the television screen during a debate in parliament
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Inheritance tax
An estimated 2% of the population in Switzerland owns more than CHF2 million
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Funding of public radio and TV
The legal amendment does not affect SBC's public service task 
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Genetic embryo screening
Doing the dishes: screening IVF embryos for genetic disorders is illegal in Switzerland
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Harmonised student grants
The conditions for student grants in Switzerland vary among the 26 cantons
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Bern politics is now in reach for foreigners, thanks to Sunday's vote

About 5.2 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the June 14 votes.

About 197,000 people, mainly Swiss expatriates, were allowed to participate in ongoing trials with electronic voting.

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

It was the second and the final set of nationwide ballots this year. Elections for parliament are scheduled in October ahead of cabinet elections in December.