Zug Launches a Blockchain Voting Pilot


Zug, a Swiss city supporting the blockchain technology, launches a blockchain voting pilot system in which residents’ IDs and the polling system will be based on the blockchain technology, reported Coindesk on June 11.

The e-voting pilot will be working with a digital identity trial that is currently being developed. The test session will take place between June 25 and July 1st and the system has been developed in an effort to boost blockchain development in Swiss.

The ultimate goal of this project is to examine the security aspects of the polling system in order to determine if the platform is able to achieve “immutability, testability and traceability” while maintaining voters’ privacy.

In July 2017, Zug unveils plans to launch an ethereum-based application called “uPort” to digitize local residents’ ID information. Currently, 200 citizens signed up for the new service.

Zug’s resident will be able to cast votes in the one-off blockchain polling testing system but the city noted that the vote is a “consultative test”.

Many governments already thought about using the blockchain technology to conduct an election since it has the potential to remove election fraud and provide immutable records.

At the beginning of March, Moscow’s Municipal Government announced it will launch digital blockchain voting.

Later in the same month, West Virginia State trialed a blockchain-based mobile voting app for the military outside the country during the election.



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