End-of-year review 2017: e-voting in use in Switzerland



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End-of-year review 2017: e-voting in use in Switzerland 30.01.2018

In 2017, e-voting systems were used in 33 votes on different levels (federal, cantonal, municipal) in eight cantons. In the canton of Neuchâtel, e-voting was also used in the cantonal elections in April. Among the voters eligible for e-voting, between 31% and 64% used the online channel.

The digital voting channel was made available to different electoral groups, depending on the canton. A total of 490,241 ballot papers eligible for the online channel were submitted, of which 114,414 votes were actually cast via the Internet. Assuming a voting turnout of 50%, this would mean an average usage of the channel by 46% of eligible voters.

The canton of Neuchâtel used e-voting most frequently: on five Sundays, voters were able to cast their vote electronically in a total of eight ballots (cantonal elections, communal, cantonal and federal votes). The tables below provide an overview of the usage statistics per canton. The percentages relate to the share of all electronic votes received from voters who were eligible for e-voting.

Canton of Fribourg

Eligible for e-voting: Swiss citizens resident abroad only; from 24.9.2017, also residents of the municipality of Treyvaux.

Date Type Share of electronic votes* Number of electronic votes
12.02.17 Federal vote 46%** 859***
21.05.17 Federal vote 46% 788
24.09.17 Federal vote 46% 1,063 

* Share of electronic votes among all votes cast by voters eligible to use the online channel.
** Example: On 12 February, 46% of voters in the canton of Fribourg who were eligible for e-voting and took part in the vote cast their vote electronically.
*** Example: On 12 February, 859 votes were submitted electronically in the canton of Fribourg.

Canton of Geneva

Eligible for e-voting: citizens registered for e-voting in their canton.

Date Type Share of electronic votes Number of electronic votes
12.02.17 Federal vote 64% 20,812
21.05.17 Federal, cantonal and municipal vote 61% 19,020
24.09.17 Federal, cantonal and municipal vote 58% 20,337

Canton of Neuchâtel

Eligible for e-voting: citizens registered on Guichet Unique, the public authorities portal.

Date Type Share of electronic votes Number of electronic votes
12.02.17 Federal and cantonal vote n/a 7,272
02.04.17 Cantonal elections n/a 4,956
21.05.17 Federal and municipal vote n/a 5,003 
24.09.17 Federal and cantonal vote n/a 6,488
26.11.17 Cantonal vote n/a 4,477

Canton of Basel-Stadt

Eligible for e-voting: Swiss citizens resident abroad and people with disabilities (upon registration).

Date Type Share of electronic votes Number of electronic votes
12.02.17 Federal and cantonal vote 64% 1,687
21.05.17 Federal and cantonal vote 65% 1,505
24.09.17 Federal vote 63% 1,623 

Canton of Berne

Eligible for e-voting: Swiss citizens resident abroad

Date Type Share of electronic votes Number of electronic votes
12.02.17 Federal vote 60%* 3,388
21.05.17 Federal and cantonal vote 60%* 1,760
24.09.17 Federal vote 60%* 3,398

*Average of the first six years of operation (2012-2017); details not provided.

Canton of Lucerne

Eligible for e-voting: Swiss citizens resident abroad

Date Type Share of electronic votes Number of electronic votes
12.02.17 Federal vote 62% 1,049
21.05.17 Federal and cantonal vote 61% 930
24.09.17 Federal and cantonal vote 61% 1,004 

Canton of Aargau

Eligible for e-voting: Swiss citizen resident abroad only

Date Type Share of electronic votes Number of electronic votes
24.09.17 Federal vote 55% 1,380

Canton of St. Gallen

Eligible for e-voting: Swiss citizens resident abroad as well as residents of four municipalities (Vilters-Wangs, Jona, Goldach, Kirchberg)

Date Type Share of electronic votes Number of electronic votes
24.09.17 Federal vote 31% 5,615