The reach of the blockchain technology has been realized to go beyond cryptocurrencies and maintenance of digital assets over a secured platform. While some have started using it for managing companies, creating decentralized applications, and maintaining records, others are looking to use the technology to revamp the governance systems.
The city of Denver, Colorado, is mulling the use of a mobile voting system as a pilot in its upcoming municipal elections. This system will use blockchain technology to secure votes of residents who are overseas, like those on active military duty, or stationed outside the city of other purposes.
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Bradley Tusk of Tusk Philanthropies, which is one of the partners in the initiative, has claimed that this system will increase voter turnout and save the democracy in the country from polarization. This will allow the use of blockchain technology to conduct a fair election.
The pilot is set to offer the option of mobile voting in the May elections to be held in Denver for the active-duty military and their eligible dependents. The provider of this technology is Voatz which has been responsible for running about 30 pilot mobile elections based on encryption and blockchain technologies for several bodies over the past years.
The advantages of this system will include, greater accuracy and security, voter anonymity, greater transparency, and even faster results.
Different states across the world have made similar attempts at conducting such blockchain based elections for various bodies. The blockchain technology will reportedly protect the polls due in Russia’s Moscow City Duma as well.In Korea, the Seoul Blockchain Governance Group is to be established, according to a report, for blockchain based elections. Finally, the Catalan government in the Spanish territory is also planning to conduct a mobile election in 2020.