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. Swiss Post is developing a system with complete verifiability.
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).
On 26 June 2019, the Federal Council commissioned the Federal Chancellery to work with the cantons to redesign the trial phase of e-voting. The Federal Chancellery and the cantons have produced a joint final report on the redesign and relaunch of e-voting trials. The report, drawn up after extensive consultation with experts from the academic research community and industrial sector, contains a catalogue of measures.
The Federal Council took note of the steering committee’s final report on 18 December 2020. At its meeting on 28 April 2021 the Federal Council decided to open the consultation procedure for the redesign of electronic voting trials. The Ordinance on Political Rights (PoRO) will undergo a partial revision and the Federal Chancellery Ordinance on Electronic Voting ("VEleS", OEV) will be completely revised. This is intended to create a new, stable basis for e-voting trials.
Only a few countries are running e-voting projects. In most cases, these projects involve voting online in polling stations.