Red tape to be cut for Swiss abroad voters

Parliament has decided to ease the procedure for Swiss expatriates who wish to take part in nationwide votes and elections.

This content was published on May 31, 2011 - 10:04

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously followed the House of Representatives in approving a proposal which aims to waive a periodical renewal of a formal application.

Both chambers unanimously found it was sufficient for an expatriate to take part in a nationwide ballot to prove his or her interest in democratic rights.

Federal Chancellor Corina Casanova said the government agreed with a further easing of the procedure for the Swiss abroad, including the introduction of electronic voting, but it was also important to prevent possible abuses of voting rights.

There are currently about 700,000 expatriates – mainly in neighbouring France, Germany and Italy, but also in northern America.

More than 125,000 have registered to take part in votes and elections in Switzerland.

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