Swiss City Launches e-Voting Pilot Using Ethereum-Based IDs
Zug, the Swiss city known for its proactive support towards the blockchain industry, launches an e-voting pilot based on blockchain technology.
The blockchain-based voting pilot, set to take place between June 25 and July 1, is a new addition to the efforts being made by the city to adopt more blockchain applications, the city government said in an announcement.
In July last year, the city government had announced plans to use ‘uPort’, an ethereum-based application, to digitize locals’ ID information. So far, 200 residents have signed up for the service since the pilot phase started in November 2017, according to the announcement.
Local residents of the city can cast their votes in the blockchain polling pilot. However, the government indicated that the vote is nothing more than a ‘consultative test’. The main goal of the trial is to test security aspects of the blockchain-based polling system, whether it can maintain voters’ privacy while achieving testability, traceability, and immutability.
Blockchain technology can be potentially used in voting systems to deal with election frauds and provide immutable voting records. This use case has seen notable interest from not just the government authorities at different levels but also from the finance sector.
In November 2017, Nasdaq announced that it was developing an e-Voting system for shareholders for the capital markets in South Africa, based on the blockchain. Meanwhile, Santander trialed an e-voting system based on the tech at its annual AGM for shareholders voting, in May.
And, in March, the US state of Virginia announced that it was launching a pilot voting project based on the blockchain, for the absentee voters serving in the military. Around the same time, Sierra Leone piloted the tech for a presidential election.
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