Voters cast their ballots in Bern, Switzerland Sunday May 18, 2014. Swiss voters were casting ballots Sunday on a nationwide referendum to introduce the world’s highest minimum wage of 22 Swiss

... more 

Voters cast their ballots in Bern, Switzerland Sunday May 18, 2014. Swiss voters were casting ballots Sunday on a nationwide referendum to introduce the world’s highest minimum wage of 22 Swiss francs (US $24.70) an hour. Voters also were deciding on three other citizen-inspired referendums, which are a frequent fixture of Switzerland's unique system of popular rule that involves a weak federal government and 26 strong cantonal (state) governments. The other referendums, if passed, would provide the Swiss Air Force with 22 of Saab’s new Gripen fighter jets; impose a lifetime ban on convicted pedophiles working with children; and amend the constitution to support more family doctors in rural areas. (AP Photo/Keystone,Peter Klaunzer)

less 
1 / 28
Associated Press
Mon, May 19, 2014 4:03 AM EDT