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Most European Expatriates have the right to vote both in their home country and un elections to the European Parliament. But very few of them actually use that right due to outdates voting methods and complicated registration procedures.

I-voting or internet-voting has proved to be an easy, efficient and secure way of voting online

I-voting was already introduced in Estonia in 2007 and statistics show that the number of people voting online in Estonia continues to grow with every election.

A Eurobarometer survey after the last European Elections in 2014 showed that 2/3 of European citizens find that internet voting would make it more likely that they would participate in democratic elections in the future.

ETTW believes it’s time for action and will promote i-voting in all EU member states.

 

ETTW Analysis: Voting rights for expats in country of origin

VOTING RIGHTS FOR EXPATS IN COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AUSTRIA: Austrian citizens living abroad may vote by post in Austrian presidential and parliamentary elections, as well as referendums, with no expiry date. They must enrol on a dedicated foreign voters’ register and must renew their registration every ten years. BELGIUM: AsRead More

The European Parliament and The Council of Ministers approve online voting

In its last session before the summer break the European Parliament made an important decision concerning the European elections next year. On the fourth of July, the EP approved the Council’s decision on how to elect its members in the future. The most important changes to the existing law areRead More

Want to vote online in the future ?

Internet voting will make it possible for European expats to exercise their democratic rights. That’s why we – the European NGO Europeans Throughout The World (ETTW) – have launched an ‘i-voting’ crowdfunding campaign. We speak out for the millions of European citizens living in another country than their own. OurRead More

Crowdfunding for internet voting

The European NGO, Europeans Throughout The World will soon be launching a crowdfunding campaign to introduce internet voting for European expats all over the world. Almost 80 million Europeans live and work in a country other than their country of origin. Most of them have the right to vote in bothRead More

ETTW to launch campaign for i-voting

Many expatriates have the right to vote both in their home countries’ national elections and in elections to the European Parliament. But very few actually use that right due to outdated voting methods and complicated registration procedures At ETTW we believe it’s crucial that your voices are heard and thatRead More

iVoting conference June 29, 2016 – Press Release

European expats must have option of online voting  Public hearing reveals concerns about disenfranchisement of overseas voters due to outdated voting systems EU referendum highlights voting challenges faced by expats Brussels, 29th June 2016 At a public meeting in the European Parliament, experts, campaigners and politicians called for action toRead More

The EXPAT VOTING IN THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

The European elections are over. Only 43,1 % voted. Though it is 0,1 % more than five years ago it is not good enough. But this is one issue. For us in ETTW it is much more interesting to find out, how many expats were voting in the countries, whereRead More