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How to stand for election to the Council of States

The cantons are responsible for organising elections to the Council of States. As a result, the rules and conditions can vary from canton to canton. There are some major differences between them, in particular for the Swiss abroad.

Click on the canton where you live to obtain general information about standing for election to the Council of States.

Additional rules and requirements for Swiss citizens living abroad.

To find out exactly how to stand for election to the Council of States in a particular canton, you should contact the competent cantonal authorities directly.

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