The City of Zug, Switzerland is known to be a model city when it comes to support of blockchain based initiatives. The Swiss city is now poised to achieve a milestone in the blockchain industry after it announced its plans for a pilot voting where both the voting system and voters IDs are blockchain based.
Between June 25 and July 1, all residents enrolled in an existing blockchain-based digital identification system will be able to vote in an online poll using an Ethereum-based “uPort” app. In November 2017, Zug launched the underlying digital identification system.
The city has an ambitious plan of developing various blockchain based applications and voting is just one of them.
“At 10:00 am on June 25th, the city of Zug is offering the first Block chain-based consultative vote to all owners of a digital ID. The vote includes two yes / no questions and one question with multiple answers to choose from. The survey runs until 11:59 pm on July 1, 2018.”
The poll is part of a research project led by Dr. Alexander Denzler, a professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.
- The primary goal of the trial, it added, is to the review the security aspects of the polling system, examining whether the platform is able to achieve “immutability, testability and traceability” while maintaining voters’ privacy.
- The use case for blockchain in voting systems : with its potential to remove election fraud and provide immutable records – is one that has seen notable interest both from authorities at various levels of government, as well as within finance.
In March, reports emerged that Moscow’s Municipal Government was finalizing on a system that would allow Moscow residents to vote and communicate on various issues. The system dubbed Digital Home, allows residents of city blocks to vote for the block management personnel and also report on various maintenance issues.
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