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The Federal Council wants to allow E-Voting in spite of skepticism

The pilot phase for the electronic voting has been running since 2004. Despite widespread skepticism, the Federal Council wants to allow E-Voting now, in the ordinary course of operation. He has opened on Wednesday the consultation process.

Thus, E-Voting should be in addition to the voting at the ballot box and the postal voting allowed. The main principles for a trusted electronic voting procedures to regulate the Federal Council in the Federal law on political rights.

the complete verifiability of electronic election and voting process is part of maintaining the voting secrecy. Full verifiability means that systematic malfunctions due to software errors, human errors or manipulation of the voting to the result of determination of independent means can be detected.

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The Voters reliably understand that the voice is transferred according to your will and registered and must be able to. This is currently ensured with individual Codes, which are delivered by Post. On the basis of cryptographic must be shown that all valid registered votes were correctly included in the result Prove it.

A further requirement is the transparency of the system for electronic voting, and the operational procedures, in particular the disclosure of the source code. The cantons, to allow for electronic voting, you need a permit from the Federal Council.

the System, and the operation must be certified. The cantons are obliged to assess the risks associated with E-Voting on an ongoing basis. In addition, if possible with voting rights must be able to give with a disability your voice independently.

Post in the wings

Currently, E-Voting is offered in ten cantons, five of them only abroad, are admitted to the Swiss voters. Other cantons to introduce electronic voting in the coming months or years. In June 2018, a group of experts came to the conclusion that E-Voting can be offered with fully verifiable systems secure and trustworthy. The Post will soon make such a System available. After the setting of the Geneva voting portal at the end of November, the Postal service is the only provider.

The Federal Council establishes the definitive introduction of E-Voting in the first line of the digitization. If more and more activities are handled electronically, would have to be the interactions with state Agencies accordingly, he writes in the report, preliminary draft. E-Voting, carry the societal developments. The Federal Council assumes that it will take years or even decades, until all the Voters will be able to electronically vote and choose.

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Before the introduction of E-Voting as a third ordinary voting channel, a number of political hurdles still waiting. The skepticism is widespread. Among the driving forces in the case of the opponents of the national councils, and IT experts, Franz Grüter (SVP/LU) and Balthasar Glättli (Green/ZH). They work together with the Chaos Computer Club, young people's parties and other groups, the E-Voting as a risk for the democracy see.

The opponents of agree that any electronic voting system is vulnerable. The Chaos Computer Club has uncovered a security gap in the Geneva E-Voting System. Also threatening it is the view of the opponent, if the impression is given that in the case of a ballot, not everything with the right things been sent to could be.

The Text of an Initiative for a minimum five year Moratorium is formulated, the Initiative has not yet been launched. The people will decide, probably, anyway: Against a change in the law, the Referendum can be taken. About the introduction of E-Voting in the cantons, the Voters could decide. (sda)

Created: 19.12.2018, 14:04 PM

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