Use of Blockchain on Elections
Governments around the world have been investigating blockchain as a medium for making general elections tamper-proof and transparent. It could be a way to implement a system in which everyone trusts data and counterfeiting is impossible. For many years, democracies around the world relied on paper ballots before transitioning to electronic voting. Despite system checks, safeguarding procedures, and election protocols, these machines are not tamper-proof.
This Case Study analyzes how Smartmatic-Cybernetica conducted the world's first online election using a private permissioned blockchain for the Utah Republican Party in March 2016. The platform enabled 24,486 voters from 45 countries to vote via computer, tablet, or smartphone through an encrypted ID number.
We believe that this new method of conducting elections will be a game changer. It is known that 90% of Filipinos support the continuation of automated elections, following the introduction of blockchain technology for elections in the Philippines in 2010 - increasing trust in the election system. Argentina, too, benefited from this in 2017 to validate the identity of voters during the open primaries elections held in August and the legislative elections in October.
With many more states and countries adopting blockchain technology for more effective and secure political elections, we can see how beneficial the use and adoption of blockchain technology is and encourage other governments to implement it.
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