Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Fifteen percent of Swiss citizens authorized to vote electronically took up the option in the 28 November federal, cantonal and communal votes. Electronic voting is gradually becoming more widely available but on a long-term test basis, with 12 cantons now making it available to at least some of their voters. The total number of people who can vote electronically, including several voter abroad, is now 193,236.
Swiss citizens living abroad can vote electronically only if their canton offers the option and they live in a country with which Switzerland has a treaty to allow encryption, one of the 45 nations that are part of the Wassenaar Arrangement.
The Wassenaar Arrangement describes its role as “promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilizing accumulations.”