The Swiss Post is developing a new e-voting system with the Spanish company Scytl. Flüeler Oliver, a spokesman for the Swiss Post, told the NZZ am Sonntag on Sunday that the company hopes to compete with current cantonal e-voting projects, and is currently in talks with some, though no individual cantons were named. Two weeks ago, a system developed in the United States was rejected by the Swiss cabinet when it was proposed by nine cantons in an attempt to introduce e-voting for the parliamentary elections in October. Security flaws were cited as the reason for the rejection.
The Swiss government had originally planned to offer e-voting to 86,000 Swiss living abroad, but the technical difficulties brought this estimate down to 34,000. At the moment, voters registered in Neuchâtel, Geneva, Basel City and Lucerne will be able to vote online this fall.
Scytl is also the company behind the successful development of Neuchâtel’s e-voting system.