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The scope of e-voting in Switzerland

By Daniel Braendli, Project Leader and Swiss Federal Chancellery


Abstract: This paper provides an insight into the main policies of the Swiss evoting project. The Swiss Federal Chancellery as the main actor in national elections and popular votes runs three pilot projects in collaboration with the cantons of Geneva, Neuchâtel and Zurich in order to evaluate the feasibility of evoting in Switzerland. The Swiss legislature has adopted a legal framework that provides conditions under which e-voting can be offered to citizens during the actual trial period. By the end of this these trials- some time after 2006 – the government and parliament will have to decide whether or not e-voting is to be introduced in Switzerland. Switzerland is half the size and has a seventh of the population of South Korea. Both states are small-scaled and highly developed. South Korea has a centralised state architecture (as do 170 other countries in the world), while Switzerland is a federal state (as are 22 others). The Swiss Confederation is built on many smaller member states with diverse political cultures and institutions. With respect to the wide variety of historically grown political conditions, Switzerlan

Year: 2008
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