Significant Increase in Online Voting Engagement both in Country and Abroad During the Swiss 2015 Federal Elections

Four times more voters opted for the online channel during the recent Swiss Federal Election held in October 2015 vs those in 2011, with an average of 50% voting from overseas.

Barcelona/Madrid, October 26, 2015 – The new online voting platform leveraged by the Swiss Canton of Neuchâtel meets the strict federal requirements that allows up to 30% of citizens to vote via the online channel. The increase in the legally permitted percentage of participation is thanks to the implementation of Scytl´s unique end-to-end security and full verifiability technology.

To date, only two Swiss cantons – amongst them Neuchâtel – have met the updated Swiss Federal Chancellery requirements that enable cantons who wish to grow the percentage of citizens that can use the online channel for both binding elections and citizen consultations. The security and verifiability protocols deployed in Neuchâtel make it the most advanced online voting solution deployed in Switzerland, taking the canton quickly towards the compliance that will allow 50% of its citizens to vote online, with the 100% mark possible in a not too distant future.

“With 4 times more voters leveraging the online channel in the recent 2015 Federal Elections vs those in 2011, it is clear that the online channel is becoming widely accepted and trusted by Swiss citizens,” comments Pere Vallés, CEO at Scytl. “We hope that in addition to Neuchâtel, other cantons will move towards implementing full end-to-end security and full verifiability that will allow a larger percentage of their citizens to benefit from online voting.”

The Canton of Neuchâtel is the first Swiss canton to benefit from the recently announced partnership between Scytl and Swiss Post. The new eVoting platform in Switzerland is fully operated by Swiss Post, who will provide cantons with a secure infrastructure and services for the processing and transfer of online votes. Thanks to the security and verifiability protocols and technology, the online voting process is in fact more secure and transparent than voting in person at the poll station could ever be.

 

About Scytl

Scytl is the global leader in secure election management, electronic voting and eGovernance solutions. Specializing in election modernization technologies, Scytl offers the first end-to-end election management and voting platform, providing the highest security and transparency standards currently available. Scytl has capitalized on its more than 18 years of research to develop election-specific cryptographic security technology protected by more than 40 international patents and patent applications, positioning Scytl as the company with the largest patent portfolio of the industry.

Scytl’s solutions have been successfully used in over 40 countries across the globe over the past 10 years, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India, Iceland and Australia. Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, with strategic offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Peru and Greece, as well as field offices in the UK, Ukraine, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh and Australia. For more information, visit www.scytl.com.

 

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