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Requirements for new e-voting solutions

Swiss Post has been providing an e-voting system for the cantons since 2016. It has been developing its new system with complete verifiability at its IT site in Neuchâtel since 2020, providing an e-voting system from Switzerland and for Switzerland. In its most advanced phase of development, the system meets all the security and testing requirements of the Swiss Federal Chancellery. It is based on a verifiable cryptographic protocol. This ensures the verification of votes cast both individually (voters) and universally (electoral commission).

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Legal basis of e-voting

The Federal Act on Political Rights (PRA) gives the cantons responsibility for conducting Swiss federal votes and elections within their territory and sets out the regulatory framework for the associated process. Trials with electronic voting are governed by Federal Law (Art 8a PRA), the Ordinance on Political Rights (Art. 27a ff. PoRO), the Federal Chancellery Ordinance on Electronic Voting and other regulations on execution. The Federal Council agreed to the new focus of the trial operation for e-voting at the end of 2020 and announced the amendment to the Federal Act on Political Rights (PRA) and the Ordinance on Political Rights.

Complete verifiability will become a precondition for e-voting

In future, the Confederation will approve only completely verifiable systems for e-voting. Complete verifiability allows manipulations to the electronically cast votes to be detected. Swiss Post’s new e-voting system guarantees complete verifiability.

Legal requirements for e-voting solutions

Detailed information on the legal framework conditions for e-voting can be found on the Federal Chancellery website.

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