Blockchain technology is changing the blueprint of world politics on direct democracy, where voters can directly determine the decision-making process of government policies.
Digital voting means smarter, lower-cost solutions. The system can reduce the probability of election manipulation, and avoid the occurrence of vote recording errors and vote interference.
Although blockchain-based voting solutions are still in their infancy, there are already many use cases. The ability of governments to participate in and control selection and votes is critical. Therefore, the adoption of blockchain technology is an important part of the electoral process.
Governments in many countries have begun to consider the use of blockchain technology in identification systems, which can effectively prevent election manipulation problems caused by identity fraud in traditional election processes.
Uses of Blockchain in Voting:
The blockchain voting system uses the decentralization and non-tampering characteristics of the blockchain and the artificial intelligence recognition technology to verify the identity of the person to ensure the authenticity of the voter, the authenticity of all votes, and the distribution of the blockchain. The ledger makes the voting results almost impossible to be tampered with, avoiding fraud. Make voting fair and public; the voting results will no longer be disturbed by the outside world.
Why you need blockchain technology for voting
The new crown epidemic has affected people’s lives, the relationship between governments and citizens, and the global economy. It has also exposed the shortcomings of traditional voting. Due to social distancing, large-scale offline voting will lead to crowd gathering and increase the time and cost of counting votes. Despite moving voting online, it is difficult to ensure that every vote online is valid while maintaining anonymity.
Blockchain brings new hope for online voting
Blockchain has the characteristics of non-tampering, traceability, non-tampering and openness and transparency. Since it can reduce the trust cost of various partners, blockchain technology can be used to optimize and improve the efficiency of existing systems. Incorporating blockchain technology into the mobile voting process can bring confidence to the voting system and make the electoral process smoother.
Advantages of blockchain technology in voting
Ensure the transparency of voting and the information in the voting process (voter list, keys used for voting encryption at various stages of the protocol) are protected and cannot be tampered with;
Tamper-proof ballots and votes that do not rely on third parties (counting centers, official electoral commissions) for verification reduce the scope of corruption in elections, and also increase voter turnout and make democracy more complete;
From the start of voting to the recording of statistical results, voters can view all transactions on the blockchain and track the voting progress.
There are pilot cases for blockchain voting
Blockchain-based voting platforms have been piloted in Japan, Switzerland, and the United States (West Virginia), and Russia, Brazil, South Korea, Norway, Spain, and others are also exploring blockchain-based elections. Maybe blockchain voting is still not perfect, but its application has become a new wave of voting. It makes voting easier and more transparent, creating a more active voter base, while promoting informed public decision-making on things that may not be adequately researched.