What is e-voting?
In Switzerland, “e-voting” means voting on the internet. The term “online voting” is also commonly used.
From booking our holidays and doing the shopping to applying for a new job: number of things that we can do on the internet is increasing all the time. E-voting brings these developments into the world of politics.
E-voting means that citizens can vote via the internet. This makes it possible to vote from anywhere at any time.
E-Voting in Switzerland
Up until the beginning of 2019, e-voting was offered in ten cantons. The cantons had two e-voting systems to choose from, the system run by the Canton of Geneva and that developed by Swiss Post. Following its decision of November 2018, the Canton of Geneva announced in June 2019 that it would be withdrawing its system with immediate effect. On 5 July 2019, Swiss Post announced that its individually verifiable system would no longer be available to the cantons. Its fully verifiable system should be ready by 2020.
Given that no e-voting systems are currently available in Switzerland, it is not possible to vote using this channel at the present time (as of July 2019).
At its meeting on 26 June 2019, the Federal Council requested the Federal Chancellery to work with the cantons to develop a new trial programme and present its proposals in a report by the end of 2020.
E-voting in other countries
Only a few countries are running e-voting projects. In most cases, these projects involve voting online in polling stations.