Population Statistics


Total Population


Population with a disability

according to World Health Organization’s 15% estimate

Election Dates

15 April 2014

Ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Federal Act on Political Rights (1976, last amended 2013)

Updated: June 2015

Article 5, paragraph 6 states:

Votes may be cast by proxy at the polling station provided cantonal law permits this for cantonal votes and elections. Persons who are eligible to vote but who are unable to write may have their ballot paper completed in accordance with their instructions by person of their choice who is eligible to vote.


Article 6 states:

The cantons shall ensure that anyone who, due to a disability or any other reason, is permanently incapable of carrying out the procedures required for voting is able to vote.


Article 8, paragraph 1 states:

The cantons shall provide a simple procedure for postal voting. In particular, they shall enact provisions to guarantee the verification of eligibility to vote, voting secrecy and the counting of all the votes cast, and to prevent abuses.


Article 61, paragraph 1 states:

Persons eligible to vote who are unable to write may have their name entered on a signature list by a person eligible to vote of their choice. This person shall add his signature to the name of the person who is unable to write and preserves secrecy as to the content of the instructions he has received.


Excerpts from the Federal Act on Political Rights (1976, last amended 2013)