Friday, April 6, 2007

Vote over the net?

From the Swiss embassy newsletter...

No time to get to the polls on voting day? In Switzerland, the cantons (states) of Geneva, Neuchâtel and Zurich are working to solve this problem by safely and successfully conducting limited voting over the Internet. While Swiss e-voting initiatives are still in a testing period, these innovative pilot programs can work especially well in Switzerland’s system of direct democracy where citizens have many chances each year to vote. Last month, the Swiss Parliament approved a proposal that encourages additional cantons to conduct e-voting for national popular votes.

To mark this democratic milestone, on April 23 the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington will hold a panel discussion where Swiss and American experts on e-voting share best practices. The event, which is part of ThinkSwiss, the U.S.-wide program on education, research, and innovation, is open to the public. To register, please RSVP to 202-745-7979 or by April 19.

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