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First-time voters

If you are voting for the first time and are unsure what to do, you will find answers to your questions below.

You have just turned 18, you have reached the age of majority, or you have just become a Swiss citizen. From now on, you can participate in votes.

Nota bene: Currently canton Glarus allows 16- and 17-year-olds to vote on cantonal and communal issues.

If you live in Switzerland, you do not have to register specifically to take part in federal votes. As soon as you become entitled to vote, you will be automatically registered on the electoral roll in your commune of residence.

On the other Hand, Swiss people living abroad must register separately with the competent Swiss representation.

Who is entitled to vote?
Voting rights of Swiss citizens living abroad
How do I vote, and where?
Official voting papers
How to complete a ballot paper correctly