Russia's electoral watchdog are piloting voting via blockchain

17 Aug, 2018
by Will Heasman
Russia's electoral watchdog are piloting voting via blockchain

Russian authorities are trailing a new voting system built on the blockchain.

The association of independent public observers an electoral watchdog in Russia announced the pilot during a press conference in Moscow a local outlet reports. Federal coordinator of the watchdog, Kolomoytsev, spoke further of the trial:

As part of our congress, we are launching in the test mode an electronic voting system [in elections], which is built on a blocking [sic] system," he said.

Interestingly enough, talk of voting via blockchain technology has been increasingly prevalent, with nonprofit startup Democracy Earth looking to introduce their new democracy software, Sovereign, into the political ecosystem. Sovereign, is a peer to peer, open source decentralized governance application, where users can make proposals, vote, and debate.

as well as this, Mashable reports that in West Virginia USA, local authorities have contracted a blockchain company called Voatz to enable voting via smartphones which will record voting date to the blockchain.

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