Kaspersky lab has released a prototype of the voting mechanism on the Polys blockchain. It allows you to vote both remotely and at the polling station.
the publication Verdict, Polys is a project of Kaspersky Innovation Hub. Its goal is to develop a secure online voting platform that can be used by businesses, universities, and political parties.
The project combines an online election system with distributed registry technology, creating a confirmed connection between the vote and the voter. Online voting, as reported by Kaspersky Lab, has a number of advantages: voters can participate in elections remotely, but there is also a risk of alienating voters who do not have access to computers and smartphones. Polys gives people the opportunity to vote at a polling station or using their own device, where voting security is provided by the blockchain.
The process is carried out among verified voters, who are given a unique QR code or token, which is then scanned. This allows them to vote on Polys Voting Machine, then the votes are automatically encrypted and counted. After that, voters can verify that their vote was saved on the blockchain on the condition of anonymity using a web application.
Voting machines can also be linked to the Polys online voting platform. This means that voters can vote using their smartphone, but the possibility of voting twice is excluded. This can not only increase the security of elections, but also reduce the cost of personnel and resources. According to Verdict, Kaspersky Lab previously tested voting on the blockchain in Volgograd. At that time, 82,000 people took part in the elections.
“From conversations with our clients, we understand the problems and inconveniences they face when organizing paper voting. E-voting can solve some of these problems by providing more opportunities for remote participation and even increasing the turnout of young people, ” said Roman Aleshkin, development Director of the Polys project. “However, if physical polling stations were completely closed, it would deprive certain groups of people of the opportunity to participate in elections. That’s why we created voting machines. Together with an online platform, they allow citizens to vote in a convenient and transparent way.”
The use of blockchain in voting is becoming more common. Recently it became known that India will develop
a blockchain system for voting in elections. At the beginning of the year, Singapore tested the voting system on the blockchain, and in October, students from India developed a blockchain platform for voting. In addition, last year in the US, the Voatz voting app was used during elections in the States of Utah, West Virginia and Oregon, as well as in Denver.