"[V]oters should always have the possibility of voting in a polling station. Other means of voting are acceptable under the following conditions: iii. postal voting should be allowed only where the postal service is safe and reliable; the right to vote using postal votes may be confined to people who are in hospital or imprisoned or to persons with reduced mobility or to electors residing abroad; fraud and intimidation must not be possible."
DocumentCoE (Venice Commission): Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, I.3.2.ii-iii
- Every citizen has the right to vote.
- Voting procedures, facilities, and materials should be appropriate, accessible, and easy to use for persons with disabilities.
- Accommodation to vote should be made for voters with special needs, including persons with disabilities.
- There should be enough polling places to accommodate the number of voters.
- Various methods may be employed to facilitate voting for those unable to reach a polling station.
- Special voting procedures must provide the necessary security and transparency to the voting process.
- Methods to facilitate voting may include postal voting.
- The voting system, including electronic systems, should be sufficiently secure against fraud.