Five Years of Internet Voting for Swiss Expatriates

Micha Germann, Flurin Conradin, Christoph Wellig, Uwe Serdült

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Initially targeted at residential voters only, Swiss internet voting trials have recently been extended to expatriates. In this paper, we review the Swiss experience with internet voting systems for expatriates. After a short overview of the Swiss internet voting roll-out focusing on the recent trials involving expatriates, we present newly collected data on the usage of the electronic voting channel. We find that internet voting is rather popular among expatriates. Already, every second Swiss abroad eligible to e-vote makes use of the electronic channel, with increasing tendency. Moreover, we inquire about the socio-demographic characteristics of the expatriate online voter. Most of the known socio-demographic correlates of electronic voting -- in particular male gender, IT skills, political knowledge, and possibly young age -- seem to replicate for the case of expatriates. The only factor specific to expatriates is that the probability of casting the vote electronically increases with geographical distance to the home country.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCeDEM 14 - Proceedings of the International Conference of E-Democracy and Open Government, 2014
EditorsPeter Parycek, Noella Edelmann
Place of PublicationKrems, Austria
PublisherDanube University Krems
ISBN (Print)9783902505354
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventCeDEM 14. Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government - Krems, Austria
Duration: 21 May 201423 May 2014


ConferenceCeDEM 14. Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government


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