Category Archives: controls

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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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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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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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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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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International regulation of e-voting

The Council of Europe’s Recomendation Rec2004(11): a brief recapitulation The Recommendation Rec(2004)11 of the Council of Europe on legal, operational and technical standards on e-voting already has almost a decade of life. Its broad scope encompasses both internet voting procedures and … 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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E-collecting

Ready for the next departure ? E-collecting is the next step in the digitization process of political rights. It will follow the successful introduction of e-voting and e-election. That’s what the federal Council said in its second report on e-voting … Continue reading

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Identification

Got your SuissID? Internet-based platforms allowing for C2G (citizen to government) transactions, such as internet voting or other services proposed by online governmental portals, must be able to correctly identify the citizen who tries to conclude the transaction. That’s the … Continue reading

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Transparency

Better understanding the system Transparency is becoming an increasingly important issue for the public and the electoral authorities. Recent federal and cantonal laws on transparency of the activities of the administrations, as well as a certain degree of suspition towards … Continue reading

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Legislation

Striking a balance between prohibition and liberalization of internet voting Nothing summarizes better the contradictory feelings towards introducing internet voting than developments in Canton Vaud. A few years ago a motion signed by cantonal MPs from almost all political parties … Continue reading

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