Russia’s Saratov regions has recently boasted over their accomplishment for having held ” the biggest blockchain-powered elections in history”, with a total of 15,000 citizens participating in the area’s youth parliamentary elections.
The elections were held in conjunction with Russian cyber-security company Kaspersky Labs, the developers behind Polys, an online voting platform built on blockchain technology. The company has boasted it’s platform providers “secure, anonymous and scalable online voting,” with tamper-proof results and encryption that secures the voter’s anonymity. The platform also utilizes Ethereum smart contract technology.
According to CNews, the Saratov vote was conducted in over 45 Saratov-region constituencies, with 110 polling booths operating on digital hardware citizens register their votes on, along with allowing citizens to cast their votes through mobile phones. With a voter turnout of 36%, the entire process only took seven hours to complete.
CNews quoted the chairman of Saratov’s youth elections commission, Victoria Belikova, stated that voters were also asked whether they would like to further utilize blockchain-powered voting systems in the coming future, rather than use conventional paper ballots, with a high 83% of participants answering yes.
Kaspersky has previously stated that they’ve managed to speak to a number of “politicians and political organizations in Europe” about possibly utilizing the Polys platform. The company has also gone off to say that plenty of European and Asian nations are “technologically and mentally ready” for internet-powered voting reform.
Although the company has gone off to say that they’ll unlikely push Polys into the U.S. Mostly due to the ongoing allegations of Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The Saratov region usage of blockchain powered technology for voting is quite the feat. While some may argue that it’s quite dangerous to use technology as a means to vote for elections, mainly due to possible hacking and manipulation as shown during the 2016 U.S. election, others may be all for it.
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