Switzerland

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Year Election
type
Voting
method
First
year
Comments
2019
  • Legislative
  • Sub-national
  • Referendums
Postal 1977 E-voting has been put on hold and has not been used in any forms during 2019 elections. According to officials, e-voting practices need further tests and developments. Data has been updated in January 2020.
2011
  • Legislative
  • Sub-national
  • Referendums
  • Postal
  • e-voting
1977 The initiative for e-voting started with the introduction of amendment to the Federal Law on Political Rights in 1994 (Article 8a) to initiate pilot schemes in some cantons. Later in 2008 e-voting from abroad was introduced in several cantonal level elections. At the national level, e-voting from abroad was introduced in 2011 federal elections. See sources of the data for more details. (Data has been updated in April 2018).
1989
  • Legislative
  • Sub-national
  • Referendums
Postal 1977 Postal voting was implemented in 1989. Personal voting is still used only in the territory of Switzerland, i.e. electors should return to their commune is Switzerland in order to vote. See sources for more information.
1977
  • Legislative
  • Sub-national
  • Referendums
Personal 1977 Swiss electors were allowed to vote from abroad in 1977. However they had to travel back to Switzerland in order to vote. Even though the legislation provided for postal voting, it was not implemented until 1989.

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