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The ethereum blockchain is gradually gaining much traction, and that is even much greater news when you realise that it is also gaining real life uses every single passing day. The City of Zug in Switzerland has been one of the main promoters of blockchain and it’s integration into real life. The city is planning to pilot a voting system that will run entirely on blockchain; both the polling system and the voters’ IDs.

What is presently known as “e-voting”, will be between the 25th day of this month July till the first of July, a seven day period. The project is part of what the city views as part of a much larger scheme to implement blockchain technology. This also seeks to champion the course of creating a fully trustworthy digital ID database.
Back in July last year, the city’s authorities announced their intentions to launch an ethereum decentralised application that it was calling uPort. The purpose was to put in digital format all the IDs of its citizens. As most projects, it came in phases and the first which began in November finished with some 200 citizens having being registered on the platform.

The digital IDs will allow the residents of Zug to cast their e-votes in cases where e-voting is utilised. The authorities say that this is just a test so far and there is still much more they can do with the platform. They stated that the primary goal is to see how security of polling systems are faring at the moment, and see whether they could achieve “immutability, testability and traceability” without compromising the residents’ privacy, emphasizing that privacy was key.

What has attracted the interest of most authorities to blockchain as an alternative or solution to voting systems is the fact that data on blockchain can not be corrupted. That sure solves a problem that most governments have faced in elections, corruption. Most electoral commissions always have to deal with the issue of votes not tallying with the number of registered voters, and with blockchain this problem could be solved without breaking a sweat.
The waters that Zug is sailing towards are pretty much not so tested. Only a couple of large scale blockchain-into-voting applications exist. Over there you have Russia’s Moscow announcing plans to extend to a city level its pilot blockchain based voting system. Also, there is the state of Virginia which uses blockchain to check for absentee voters in the military. The biggest of all has been that of Sierra Leone who have used it in the most recent presidential elections.

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