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  • Notes from the Federal Palace

Parliamentary elections 2019: electoral assistance for citizens

10.07.2019 – FDFA

The parliamentary elections are drawing closer: on 20 October 2019, the Swiss people will elect the members of the National Council and the Council of States for the legislative period 2019–2023.

Can Swiss Abroad also vote? What do I need to do to participate in the elections? The answers are to be found alongside other voting information at

On 20 October 2019, the Swiss people will elect the 200 members of the National Council as well as 45 members of the Council of States. Whether you are a newbie or an old hand, the official platform provides detailed information and explanations to help you fill out your ballot paper.

All the graphics, illustrations, interactive cards and explanatory videos at take the guesswork out of voting. Terms such as accumulating, splitting the vote, deleting a name and blank ballot paper are not only explained in the texts but also in the films and the election glossary.

The portal has dedicated a separate section to the Swiss Abroad, which makes it even easier for the “Fifth Switzerland” to access the necessary information to exercise their voting rights.

The official explanations of the Federal Chancellery that are available on the portal supplement the information from the public authorities that voters receive together with their voting papers. The lists of all the candidates who are standing for the Federal Assembly will be published several weeks before the elections.

All the results of the federal elections plus the information on the strengths of the parties and voter turnout will be published on 20 October 2019 at The voting results will also be posted on the twitter account.

The portal is available in five languages: German, French, Italian, Romansh and English. All the explanatory videos are also available in sign language, which allows deaf and hearing-impaired people to follow the election explanations. The content is also adapted to the needs of blind and visually impaired people. is an official website of the Federal Chancellery, and was jointly created together with the cantons and the Federal Office for Statistics.