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Not at home, but still able to vote

You are not at home, but on a business trip, or on holiday, or in hospital , but you still want to vote. In most cases, you can do it.

Short absences

If you are away for less than three weeks, you shouldn’t have any problem casting your vote. This is because you will receive your voting papers by post no later than three weeks before polling day. So you can either vote by post before you leave – or when you get back, if that is still before polling day. And of course if you are back home on the weekend of the vote, you can simply go to your local polling station and cast your vote there.  

Longer absences

If you are away for a longer period, you can ask for the voting papers to be sent to you a little earlier. Ask your commune for the details.

There is one further option: you can arrange for your post, and thus the voting papers, to be forwarded to you. SwissPost offers this service for a fee. If you are staying abroad, it can take a while for your voting papers to arrive and for your postal vote to arrive back in Switzerland. You should remember this and make sure that your vote does not arrive in your commune too late.

Swiss Post - Redirect mail

Redirecting voting papers to a hospital

In some cantons, if you are in hospital for a longer period of time, you can arrange for your voting papers to be sent directly there. Ask your commune or canton for more details.