Category Archives: e-voting

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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European Standards for Innovative Electoral Services

What are considered “innovative services in electoral processes”? How to regulate them? What are the european standards applicable? These issues and relative experiences were discussed at the 7th annual meeting of electoral management bodies from Europe, Asia and the Americas, … Continue reading

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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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VoteID 2015

A short report by Richard Hill* The 2015 VoteID conference took place from 2-4 September 2015 in Bern, Switzerland. The conference featured presentations of peer-reviewed papers covering a variety of inter-disciplinary topics related to e-voting, such as a legal challenge … 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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