Swiss in Minnesota call for compromise and e-voting

Finding middle ground in an increasingly polarized political landscape is key, say Swiss voters living in the American Midwest.

This content was published on August 8, 2019 - 16:00
Michele Andina (videographer) and Susan Misicka (moderator) in Spring Park, MN

As part of our series of roundtable discussions in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in October, Swiss people living in the Minneapolis area weigh in on the issues that matter most to them.

In this talk we hear from members of the Twin Cities Swiss American Association who moved to the US in the 1990s. Despite being away from their homeland for the better part of three decades, they maintain close ties to Switzerland.

After positive first experiences with e-voting, they hope the system will be developed further and perhaps introduced within the United States, too.

SWI on tour
How do Swiss citizens living abroad view the political debate in their home country? What is important to the expat Swiss community when they vote?

To tap into the mood of the “fifth Switzerland” during this general election year, swissinfo.ch visited clubs in Europe as well as the Americas in summer 2019. Within the United States, we met Swiss living in Boston, Denver, Minneapolis and New Orleans.

For more interviews, portraits and behind-the-scenes coverage, check out the hashtags #SWIonTour and #WeAreSwissAbroad on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Want to get in touch with us? Use the comment section below, or reach out to discussion leader Susan Misicka on Twitter.

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Correction: In the video above, Minneapolis is mistakenly cited as the capital of Minnesota, but the capital is actually Saint Paul. Together, the two cities are referred to as the "Twin Cities". Minneapolis, with a population of about 429,000, is the state's largest city; Saint Paul, the second largest, has about 313,000 residents.​​​​​​​




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