The people of Zurich approved the introduction of the new city ID card in principle with a yes vote of 51.69 percent: 55,595 voters spoke out in favor of the framework credit for the preparatory work. 51,950 rejected it. The turnout was 47.1 percent, as announced by the city.
The Züri City-Card will confirm a person’s identity and place of residence, but will not contain any information about origin and residence status.
It is intended to offer access to information, services and events, some of which are discounted. According to the city council, it should also open up easier access to municipal and private offers for undocumented people.
Bourgeois parties spoke out against the city card, which they classified as “worthless” and “illegal”. The federal government is responsible for immigration and migration law – the city has no powers to make life easier for undocumented people. That’s why they called the referendum.
With the approved framework credit, the city will now prepare for the introduction of the City Card. The city council had announced before the vote that this work would be costly. This should take four or five years.
Among other things, it is necessary to create the necessary legal basis, to examine questions about data protection and to solve technical and organizational problems.
Much is also unclear in terms of content: The “specific options for using the Züri City-Card” and the “possible financial benefits associated with it” will only be further examined and determined as part of the preparatory work now approved by the people, as stated in the voting proposal.