About us

Politools is a non-profit and non-partisan organization based in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. We pride ourselves on consistent transparency and scientifically based methods. Our team is made up of political scientists, specialized in E-democracy, big data analysis, and journalism, and supported by a local, innovative IT company (Zeilenwerk).

Key facts about smartvote
  • Used by 1 in 5 voters in Switzerland
  • Achieves up to 85% candidate participation
  • Hosted over 250 elections at the local, regional, national & international level (in Switzerland, Australia, Luxembourg, Austria and Scotland as well as for the European Union and others)
  • We have over 15 years of experience in helping voters find candidates and parties that share their positions! 

The next crucial reform is to help voters make informed choices … Switzerland offers the best example of the next step: its smartvote system presents a list of policy choices with which you can agree or disagree, then compares your answers with the policies of the parties and candidates contesting the election. It produces a graphic showing whose position most closely matches your interests.
George Monbiot in the Guardian, January 25, 2017

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