In Switzerland, e-voting means voting online via the internet. The Confederation and the cantons have been conducting trials with e-voting for more than 15 years as part of the ‘Vote électronique’ project. A significant number of voters have been able to cast their ballots online in National Council elections and in popular votes on federal proposals. In over 300 trials to date, a total of 15 cantons have allowed certain groups of citizens to vote online. Up to two-thirds of voters in cantons where online voting is possible have chosen to make use of the e-voting option.

The Confederation and cantons have followed the principle of ‘security before speed’. In Switzerland, e-voting is only permitted if strict requirements under federal law are met. The key security element is verifiability. Currently, systems with individual verifiability are being used.

A completely verifiable system will be available starting from 2019.

Certification, the publication of the source code of the systems and the conduct of public intrusion tests are required before systems with complete verifiability can be used.

Under the following links, the federal legislation on electronic voting can be found. Further information is available on the German, French and Italian versions of this website. 

Public intrusion test


Public intrusion test for e-voting to take place in February and March

Swiss Post is making its future e-voting system available for a public intrusion test from 25 February to 24 March. The e-voting system is the first Swiss system that can be fully verified. Interested hackers from all over the world are welcome to attack the system. In doing so, they will contribute to improving the system’s security.

Further information on the public intrusion test 


Federal legislation on e-voting

Secure e-voting in Switzerland

The video of the Federal Chancellery explains how e-voting is made secure in Switzerland.

Trust in E-Voting

Presentation at the Swiss Cyber Storm Conference 2018