Author Archives: Ardita Driza Maurer

New Technologies: Inescapable but Challenging

Keynote at the 1st Scientific Electoral Experts Debates New technologies challenge the way the Parliament, the Government, the judge and the voter think of and deal with elections. The following paper presents an overview of the main preoccupations of the … Continue reading

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Update of the Council of Europe Recommendation on legal, operational and technical standards for e-voting – A Legal Perspective

The Council of Europe 2004 Recommendation on e-voting (Rec(2004)11) is a soft law instrument containing legal, operational and technical standards for e-voting. An ad-hoc Committee of Experts on E-voting (CAHVE) started work on its update in 2015. This paper focuses … Continue reading

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OSCE/ODIHR to assess the Swiss legal framework for Internet voting

On 13 July OSCE/ODIHR published a Needs Assessement Mission report (NAM) on the upcoming Swiss federal elections of 18 October 2015 (National Council Elections). The report recommends the deployment of an Election Expert Team to specifically assess the legal framework … Continue reading

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E-Voting Case Law: A Comparative Analysis

Pleased to inform that “E-Voting Case Law: A Comparative Analysis” is due to appear in September 2015. More information can be found on the publishing house’s website. Special discounts may apply. Let me know if you’re interested in purchasing the … Continue reading

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New Book: E-Voting Case Law

I dedicated quite some time last year to coordinating and writing a book on e-voting. Co-edited by Jordi Barrat and myself, “E-Voting Case Law: A Comparative Analysis” is a collective book on e-voting legislation and case law in thirteen countries … Continue reading

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EVOTE2014

The 6th International Conference on Electronic Voting EVOTE2014 was held on 28–31 October 2014 in Lochau/Bregenz, Austria. The conference – which celebrates its tenth anniversary – is one of the leading international events for e-voting. It was attended by experts … Continue reading

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Switzerland’s new legislation on internet voting

Established practices, new rules and future perspectives Last Sunday, 9 February 2014, is going to stay in Swiss voting history as the day when voters decided to put an end to the free movement of persons with the European Union … Continue reading

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Voting and technology in 2013, a retrospective

Time line of major developments in Switzerland and beyond For a start, I wish you, dear reader, a happy and successful year! This first 2014 post will look back into 2013 which was exceptionally rich in developments related to political … Continue reading

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How to observe e-enabled elections?

OSCE/ODIHR Handbook for the Observation of New Voting Technologies How to observe an election process in which information and communication technologies (ICT) are used? This is the question at the heart of the recently published OSCE/ODIHR “Handbook for the Observation … Continue reading

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Casting votes on the Internet

Switzerland & the Future of Elections The spring 2013 issue of the Harvard International Review features an article on the Swiss internet voting experience, by Alexander H. Trechsel and Urs Gasser. Published before the latest developments of last Summer (Report … Continue reading

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Client-side viruses and internet voting

A shocking truth? Twelve cantons implemented internet voting at yesterday’s federal vote. According to the federal Chancellery 22 586 voters did actually vote via internet out of the 158 500 authorized ones. Two cantons, Geneva and Neuchâtel, authorized both (a fraction of) … Continue reading

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“Internet voting and federalism: the Swiss case” in RGDPC

New paper The Spanish General Review of Compared Public Law (Revista general de derecho publico comparado or RGDPC) dedicates a special issue to the juridical dimension of e-voting, “El voto electrónico y sus dimensiones jurídicas: entre la ingenua complacencia y … Continue reading

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Has internet voting increased participation?

Evaluating the impact of internet voting The regular use of internet voting in the past ten years in canton Geneva (Switzerland) offers an interesting basis to evaluate the impact of this voting channel on electoral participation. This is also the … Continue reading

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Quid novi Juris?

Swiss Internet Voting Legislation and Jurisprudence – actual state One of the most significant novelties announced to take place in 2013 is already there: a proposed modification of section 6a of the federal ordinance on political rights regulating internet voting … Continue reading

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Talking about transparency?

Publication of Audit Reports of Geneva Internet Voting System Switzerland. For the first time audit reports of an internet voting system are made entirely available online. The Geneva internet voting system was submitted to three tests in 2012: intrusion test, … Continue reading

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Cantonal elections

Counting of (internet) voting results postponed Canton Neuchâtel had quite a special election today. For the first time in Switzerland a general election of a cantonal parliament was held with internet voting as a third voting channel. Internet voting is … Continue reading

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Expérience cantonale de vote par Internet

Rapport zurichois La votation fédérale du 3 mars 2013 fût l’occasion pour quelques 152’000 électeurs dans onze cantons de voter par internet. Quelques jours après le Conseil fédéral autorisait 12 cantons à faire du vote par internet lors de la … Continue reading

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Future of Voting Systems

Exploring trends in voting system technology A two and a half days Symposium on the Future of Voting Systems is taking place in Maryland (USA). The event is webcast live and related conversation can be followed on twitter at #FOV13. … Continue reading

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Welcome author Jordi Barrat!

I am pleased to announce that Jordi Barrat, professor of constitutional law at the Rovira i Virgili University (Spain) and renowned specialist of e-voting joins electoralpractice. Jordi is the author of several studies on the compliance of e-voting systems with … Continue reading

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Integrity investigation

Election forensics A recently published virtual issue on election fraud and electoral integrity [Ines Levin and Michael Alvarez Publishers] assembles recent research on the use of mathematical methods to detect fraud in elections. The papers are made available for free … Continue reading

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