Geneva and Basel, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Basel City will be joining three other cantons in offering voters electronic ballots this autumn, following Basel’s agreement to buy the system that Geneva has been testing for several years. The two signed an agreement Monday 15 June, with the blessing of the federal government, that lets Basel City use the electronic system for the federal vote scheduled for 29 November.
Swiss voters abroad will be able to vote
One of the main advantages of electronic voting, note federal authorities, is that it will permit Swiss voters abroad from Basel-City to cast their ballots. The federal government’s interest in pushing electronic voting is driven by its desire to ensure that the 125,000 Swiss living outside the country who are registered voters are not disenfranchised by postal delivery and other problems.
Three cantons, Geneva, Neuchatel and Zurich, are running pilot projects to test electronic voting, as part of a nationwide system. Other cantons are tentatively scheduled to buy the Geneva system are Lucerne, Berne and Uri.