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Voting in English?

Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum. I am a Swiss citizen, but my mother tongue is English. I was wondering if anyone knows how to read up on the voting topics in English. I have a really hard time reading in German, and am looking for a way to better inform myself on what is being voted on...

Does anyone have any tips or links for me? Thanks a lot!

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Re: Voting in English?

I am a Swiss citizen living in the United States. Whenever there's an upcoming vote, my community (Gemeinde) - which is in German speaking Switzesrland- mails me all the official documentation to vote. All of it is in German. As in, none of the official documentation is available in English.

As to whether anybody bothered to put an English translation online, I wouldn't know....
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Re: Voting in English?

By definition....the official information relating to voting is in the official languages of Switzerland and since the only people that would need a translation would seem to be people in your situation (citizens through birth who no longer speak the languages) rather than new citizens (who need to show acceptable levels of language), then I think that the need for translation would be very small - so you'd be hard pressed, I'm afraid
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Re: Voting in English?

yea that's what I thought.. Well thanks for the replies I'll keep looking, or perhaps improve my German...
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Re: Voting in English?

If you are Swiss and living in Zurich, improving your German seems to make sense, Ja?
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Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum. I am a Swiss citizen, but my mother tongue is English. I was wondering if anyone knows how to read up on the voting topics in English. I have a really hard time reading in German, and am looking for a way to better inform myself on what is being voted on...

Does anyone have any tips or links for me? Thanks a lot!

Eric
A) your VOTING is in case of votes YES OR NO and in case of elections names
B) the official info & instructions material here is only in German, as German is the only official language of the Canton of Zurich
C) publications on the internet (and in print) like
www.swissinfo.ch
www.swissnews.ch
http://zurich.angloinfo.com/news/
have a lot of information in English about CH things

but in the end, to learn at least German, but maybe also a bit of French and/or Italian may really help you. You do not have to be perfect, you do not have to reach "conversation-level" you only have to understand and speak basics

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I am a Swiss citizen living in the United States. Whenever there's an upcoming vote, my community (Gemeinde) - which is in German speaking Switzesrland- mails me all the official documentation to vote. All of it is in German. As in, none of the official documentation is available in English.

As to whether anybody bothered to put an English translation online, I wouldn't know....
The official information from German speaking Cantons (majority) is only in German, in case of BE/FR/VS it is in German&French, in JU/NE/VD/GE it is only in French, in TI it is only in Italian and in GR it is in German, Rumansh and Italian. BUT if you google any particular authority, organisation or party, you will find heaps of info also in English
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