Swiss move ahead with e-voting

Last weekend’s vote calling for a ban on keeping army-issue firearms in the home saw more than 25,000 Swiss cast their vote over the internet.

This content was published on February 14, 2011 - 10:11 and agencies

Some 177,500 voters in 12 cantons had the opportunity of casting their vote electronically, including 55,000 Swiss living abroad.

In total, 14.4 per cent of voters registered to vote online did so.

Eighty-five per cent of registered online voters were from cantons Zurich, Geneva and Neuchatel. Of these voters, some 13 per cent cast their vote electronically.

Several systems for e-voting are being tested in Switzerland ahead of a nationwide introduction. Trials are restricted to a maximum of ten per cent of the voting population during the 2007-2011 electoral period, according to the government.

Several cantons have expressed an interest in providing e-voting facilities during October’s federal elections.

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