POLYAS Election Glossary

We provide explanations and background information on elections, voting rights and digital democracy

In-house Elections

In-house elections mean that voters cast their votes in person (being present, in attendance) directly at the polling station. The opportunity to vote is therefore only available during the opening hours of the polling station. By their nature, in-house elections are subject to strict space and time constraints.

In addition to a ballot box vote, as the classic form of in-house election, electronic voting using a voting machine is a further option for in-house elections. This means voting is done through a device which allows electronic vote casting and counting (election device, election computer) which can be found at the polling station.

See also: Absentee Voting, Online Voting, Voting Machine

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