electoralpractice.ch Ardita Driza Maurer

From e-vote and e-election to e-campaigning, e-collecting or e-petitioning, electoral and electronics are increasingly being conjugated together. This blog discusses the use of technology in electoral practice in Switzerland. We will also discuss similar experiences elsewhere. The aim is to encourage exchanges between professionals as well as with end users as a way towards a better understanding of electoral developments in the digital age.

Join the discussion by commenting, sharing and relaying information on the digitization of electoral practice in Switzerland or elsewhere. Interested in publishing your own articles on this blog? E-mail me at info[at]electoralpractice.ch - I look forward to your contribution.

To allow for a broad discussion, English imposed itself. But, true to the Swiss tradition of multilingualism, this blog welcomes interventions in German, French and Italian!

Political rights are a passionate subject and the trend towards "going digital"- a challenging one. Swiss Cantons (i.e. the States that make up the Swiss Confederation) implement a broad spectrum of direct and representative democracy instruments such as right to launch initiatives and referendums. People vote, elect and sign several times a year at local, cantonal or federal level. Indeed Cantons enjoy important powers in this field so that the content and the implementation of political rights vary from Canton to Canton (Switzerland is made up of 26 Cantons). In certain decentralized Cantons, political rights look differently from one Commune to another. The important number and diversity of the instruments is characterized by a tradition of continuously adapting them to changing social needs. Going digital is the latest trend. All this contributes to making Switzerland an interesting political rights Lab.

This blog is written by Ardita Driza Maurer. A jurist with a background in political rights and internet voting, Ardita spent the last nine years on digitization projects such as the