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Three Case Studies from Switzerland : E-Voting

Jan Gerlach & Urs Gasser

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abstract Since 1998, the Swiss government has actively pursued the implementation of electronic voting (“e-voting”) in its elections. This case study examines how these systems have worked in the test cantons of Geneva and Zurich. The evidence and analysis in this case study suggest that e-voting might serve as a powerful tool to
augment the participation rate, the quality of voting, and aid in the implementation of political rights. This study also evaluates the risks of e-voting, noting that the concerns around integrity often associated with electronic voting have for the most part not materialized in the Swiss case. Questions such as the digital divide in access to networked technologies are also a real concern that should be addressed by the government as it expands the system.

Available at: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/sites/cyber.law.harvard.edu/fil es/Gerlach-Gasser_SwissCases_Evoting.pdf
   
type case study (English)
   
keywords internet, democracy, e-democracy, voting, e-voting, voter participation, voter turn-out, political rights, Switzerland
   
date of appearance 2009
series title Berkman Center Research Publications (2009-03.01)
publisher Berkman Center for Internet & Society
review not reviewed
   
citation Gerlach, J., & Gasser, U. (2009). Three Case Studies from Switzerland: E-Voting. Berkman Center Research Publications: Berkman Center for Internet & Society.