The government has come out in favour of simplifying the procedure for Swiss expatriates who wish to take part in nationwide votes and elections.
The cabinet agreed to support a proposal by a parliamentary committee which aims to waive the four-year renewal of applications.
Instead the committee says registration for future votes should follow on automatically after Swiss abroad have taken part in a nationwide ballot.
“The proposal no doubt makes it easier for the Swiss abroad to exercise their democratic rights,” a statement by the Federal Chancellery said.
There are currently about 700,000 expatriates – mainly in neighbouring France, Germany and Italy, but also in North America.
About 130,000 have currently registered to take part in votes and elections in Switzerland.