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smartvote is a so-called voting advice application (VAA). Based on a comprehensive questionnaire on a wide range of political topics, smartvote allows voters to compare their own political viewpoints with those of political parties and candidates.

How does smartvote work?

Candidates answer the smartvote questionnaire some weeks before the upcoming elections. By doing so they generate their political profile. These profiles are saved in a database. Subsequently voters can answer the same questionnaire on the smartvote website. smartvote compares their answers with those of the candidates. As a result and as a voting advice smartvote presents to each voter a specific ranking of all participating candidates, ranking those candidates with the best matching at the top of the list.

What are the goals of smartvote?

smartvote intends to help voters with their electoral decision by providing them with improved information about the candidates' political positions. smartvote offers voters the possibility to choose those candidates who match best their own viewpoints on politics.

Who is operating smartvote?

smartvote exists since 2003. The non-profit NGO Politools is developping and operating smartvote. Politools is seated in Berne and works as an interdisciplinary research network that develops web-based projects in order to enhance political interest and to improve the level of political knowledge among citizens.

Popularity of smartvote

During the federal election campaign of 2015 smartvote generated a voting advice about 1.3 million times. Approximately 3,300 candidates participated and answered the questionnaire (participation quota: 85%). Beside the federal level smartvote is also present in many regional (cantonal) and local (municipal) election campaigns.

Platform partners:
  • easyvote / Dachverband Schweizer Jugendparlamente DSJ
  • Loterie Romande
  • Kompetenzzentrum für Public Management, Universität Bern
  • soom-it GmbH
  • Tagxy Concepts AG