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The City of Zug, Switzerland, Announces A Voting Pilot Utilizing Ethereum-Based IDs and Systems

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The City of Zug, Switzerland, is known to be a model city when it comes to the support of blockchain-based initiatives. Now, the city is poised to achieve a milestone in the blockchain industry after it announced its plans for pilot voting, where both the voting system and voters IDs are blockchain-based.

The announcement was made on Friday and indicates that the pilot voting project will be carried on between June 25th and July 1st. The city has an ambitious plan to develop 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 Blockchain-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.

– Read part of the announcement.

The blockchain-based digital ID of the city of Zug was introduced on 15th November 2017 and is currently in its pilot phase. Various applications are in the evaluation stage, including an e-voting solution.  

The survey is intended to serve, among other things, the review of security-relevant aspects like privacy protection, voting secrecy, immutability, testability and traceability. The city council said that the pilot is a consultative vote that aims to acquire valuable information from the population. The results will however not be legally binding like a proper referendum.

Increased Interest in Blockchain-Based Voting Systems

The City of Zug is not the only place to show interest in adopting blockchain in its voting process. The potential for removing possible fraud and offer immutable records has seen many authorities in different levels of government, and organizations within the finance spheres become more interested in implementing blockchai- based voting systems.

CoinDesk reports that late last year, Nasdaq was developing an electronic shareholder voting system that is blockchain-based for the South African capital markets. The system was also used by Santander for shareholder voting during this year’s annual shareholders meeting – probably a world first.

In March, reports emerged that Moscow’s Municipal Government was finalizing a blockchain-based 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 block management personnel and also report on various maintenance issues.

In the recent elections in Sierra Leone, a blockchain-based system was piloted in various locations for the presidential election. Following the recent US presidential elections where there were allegations of foreign interference, various states are reportedly developing blockchain-based systems to curb any form of fraud, with West Virginia leading the pack with its introduction of a mobile app powered by blockchain technology, which will allow people to vote from anywhere.

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