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How to vote for the National Council in the cantons of UR, GL, AR, AI

The cantons of Uri, Glarus, Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden each have one seat in the National Council. How do I fill in the ballot paper? The procedure step by step.

How do I vote? The procedure step by step

These cantons have a first-past-the-post system. This means that the candidate who receives the greatest number of votes is elected.

  • Ballot paper

    To vote, you must use the official blank ballot paper sent by post with the official election papers.

    Official voting papers

  • Filling in the ballot paper

    • Choose a candidate. You can either follow the recommendation of a party or group of candidates or you can choose any other person eligible for election in Switzerland.
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    • On the ballot paper, write out the first name and surname of the candidate chosen by hand and in full. If possible, also write the candidate’s date of birth or other details which identify the candidate you have selected (domicile, profession etc.).

  • Rules for casting a valid vote

    For your vote to be valid, make sure you:

    • use the official ballot paper;
    • only write one single name on the ballot paper;
    • write legibly by hand;
    • do not mark the ballot paper in any other way;
    • follow the instructions given by your commune and your canton.
  • What do I do after filling in the ballot paper?

    Put your completed ballot paper in the official voting envelope and sign the polling card (exception: in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, do not sign the card). You can then:

    • go straight to the ballot box. The polling station opening times and addresses are sent with the official voting papers;
    • vote by post. Put the official voting envelope in the return envelope together with the signed polling card and return it by post;
    • put the return envelope in the appropriate letterbox in your commune. This is generally at the communal council offices.


    • Vote on time: observe the postal deadlines (if voting by post) and your local polling station opening hours (if voting at the ballot box).
    • Follow the rules and guidelines provided with the official voting papers sent by your canton and your commune
  • Information

    For further information on how to fill in the ballot paper, please contact the authority responsible in your canton or your commune: