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Voting assistance for the elderly, the ill and the disabled

Citizens who are ill or disabled and who are unable to complete their ballot papers for votes and elections by themselves must also be able to exercise their political rights. The cantons ensure that the communes provide the necessary assistance.

Roaming ballot boxes

Some people who are ill or disabled may have difficulty making it to the polling station, which is why various cantons have a system of roaming ballot boxes.

The communes of various cantons organise roaming ballot boxes according to a timetable. Ballot boxes may also be placed in hospitals and old people’s homes. In certain cantons, electoral staff collect the sealed envelopes with ballot papers for votes and elections at the homes of people who are elderly, ill or disabled.

For more information about these special voting procedures, please contact your commune.

Voting by proxy

Some cantons allow voting by proxy (to avoid disabled people having to get to the polling station).

Normally, third parties are prohibited from completing ballot papers for another person. Only those who are unable to write may have their ballot papers completed by someone else.
The cantons ensure that citizens with a permanent disabilities preventing them from exercising their right to vote are able to vote.

For more information about these special voting procedures, please contact your commune.