Author Archives: Ardita Driza Maurer

The future of voting

The Institute of European Democrats (IED), a Brussels-based independent Research Institute, has published the outcome of an external research project titled “The Future of democracy in the European Context”.  It features four papers which look at very different aspects of … Continue reading

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Use of innovative technologies in the electoral process in Armenia

Together with Justin Nettmann and Rafik Grigoryan we presented this paper to the 2021 E-Vote-ID Conference. We were honoured to receive the Best Paper Award in the Elections and Practical Experiences track. The paper was prepared with permission from UNDP … Continue reading

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Contribution à la consultation concernant la révision partielle de l’ODP et la révision totale de l’OVotE

La consultation concernant la révision partielle de l’ordonnance sur les droits politiques (ODP) et la révision totale de l’Ordonnance de la Chancellerie fédérale sur le vote électronique (OVotE) vient de se terminer. L’invitation à contribuer était étendue aux milieux de … Continue reading

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A few weeks ago I talked to about i-voting development in Switzerland. Thanks to Gilles and Franck for the interesting questions. Here is the link to the interview on YouTube

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Digital technologies in elections

New Council of Europe publication Digital solutions are already used in elections and increasingly discussed. Their security, i.e. compliance with constitutional principles even in the presence of attacks or system failures, has attracted attention in the recent years as it … Continue reading

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E-voting in Switzerland

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2019 developments in Swiss internet voting

Since our last post, internet voting in Switzerland has gone through some important developments. A draft federal law was put into consultation and an innovative transparency exercise took place at the beginning of 2019 : the publication of the source … Continue reading

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An experts’ report and an upcoming consultation on turning e-voting into an ordinary voting channel

The Swiss federal Government approved yesterday the future steps in e-voting development on the basis of a report of a group of experts (see press conference). The modification of the federal act on political rights to introduce e-voting as a … Continue reading

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Security in Elections

All countries in the Council of Europe region use some kind of digital technology in elections. They may use digital solutions for purposes such as voter registration, the administration of voters’ list, vote tallying, the transmission of results, voting in … Continue reading

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Updated European Standards for E-voting – The Council of Europe Recommendation Rec(2017)5 on Standards for E-voting

(Paper abstract) The Council of Europe is the only international organization to have issued recommendations on the regulation of the use of e-voting. The 2004 Recommendation to member States, Rec(2004)11 and the two 2010 Guidelines on certification and on transparency … Continue reading

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