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Voting materials for elections to the National Council and Council of States: information for each canton

What materials are required to vote for candidates in the parliamentary elections? When will I receive them? Who should I apply to if I don’t receive (all) the voting materials? If I am permitted to vote online, will I also receive paper documentation? Information also for Swiss abroad.

When will I receive the voting materials?

Eligible voters in all cantons are sent the voting materials for the National Council elections between three and four weeks before election day, i.e. between 22 and 29 September 2019.
 
In most cantons, the materials for the Council of States elections will be sent at the same time. In the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden no materials are sent out at this time as elections to the Council of States always take place in April.
 
Voting materials are sent out to Swiss voters abroad a week before they are sent to voters in Switzerland.

Voting materials for the National Council elections

  • Voting materials for the National Council elections in the cantons of ZH, BE, LU, SZ, ZG, FR, SO, BS, BL, SH, SG, GR, AG, TG, TI, VD, VS, NE, GE, JU
     
    In your canton you can choose between different lists of candidates who are elected in a system of proportional representation. You can vote for as many candidates as there are seats for your canton in parliament. The voting materials sent out usually comprise:
     
    • the polling card with your forename and surname (*)
    • all the pre-printed ballot papers with the lists of candidates put forward by the parties, political movements and candidate groups
    • a blank ballot paper
    • a ballot envelope (*)
    • the federal election information brochure
     
    (*) Here there may be some small differences between cantons
  • Voting materials for the National Council elections in the cantons of Obwalden and Nidwalden

    Your canton has only one seat in the National Council. That means that you can only vote for one person from among all the official candidates. The election is held according to a first past the post system, so the candidate who obtains the most votes is elected. 
     
    The voting materials that you will receive comprise:
     
    • the polling card with your forename and surname
    • a ballot paper listing all the official candidates
    • in Nidwalden: a ballot envelope. (*).
    • In Obwalden: a ballot envelope which is also a postal envelope (*).
     
    NB: If only one person stands for election, this candidate will be elected in a tacit election. In this case, voters will not receive any voting materials for the National Council elections.
  • Voting materials for the National Council elections in the cantons of Uri, Glarus, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden
     
    As your canton has only one seat in the National Council, the election is held according to a first-past-the-post system. That means that you can only vote for one person from all the official candidates.
     
    The voting materials that you receive comprise:
    • the polling card with your forename and surname
    • one blank ballot paper
    • one unmarked ballot envelope
    NB: In these cantons there is no procedure for registering candidates, which means voters can vote for anyone with electoral rights.

Voting materials for the Council of States elections

Click on your canton for information on the materials needed to vote in the Council of States elections:

Karte der Schweizer Kantone

Any other questions?

Are you missing any of the materials or do you need any more information? Contact your commune: