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Switzerland

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Council of States

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theNational Council

Electoral system

Rules concerning the right to vote and to stand for election, and details of the electoral system for directly-elected chambers.

Eligibility and voting

Minimum age of eligibility The minimum age to become a member of parliament, or to run in parliamentary elections, may be different for each chamber in bicameral parliaments. The age of eligibility is sometimes higher than the minimum age for voting.
Notes
Members of the Council of States are elected in accordance with cantonal law. The minimum age for voting in the canton of Glarus is 16, instead of 18 in the other cantons.
See historical data for this field.
Minimum age for voting in parliamentary elections What is the minimum age for voting in parliamentary elections?
Not applicable. Members of this parliament/chamber are not directly elected.
No
Compulsory voting Voting is compulsory in some countries. People who do not vote without reasonable justification may face sanctions.

Electoral system for directly elected chambers

Electoral system
Electoral system sub-categories