Russian authorities in collaboration with Kasperky Labs claim to have held the biggest blockchain powered elections in the region of Saratov. 15.000 citizens have voted for the youth parliament elections using the Kaspersky Labs developed voting platform Polys.
Polys is based on blockchain technology and is built to provide secure, anonymous and scalable voting online and results that cannot be tampered while voters remain anonymous through cryptography.
The vote was conducted through 110 polling booths with the appropriate hardware for citizens to cast their vote on while at the same time allowed direct vote via mobile phone for whoever wished that approach. The whole process lasted approximately seven hours with a 36% voter turnout. An additional question was asked of the citizens, if they would prefer using this system of voting to the conventional paper ballots with 83% of the crowd answering “yes”.
Kaspersky has contacted several political organization across Europe to promote Polys and believes that many European and Asian nations are technologically and mentally mature to proceed in a voting over the internet.
There have been several counter arguments of trusting something as important as the base of democracy to flawed tools like computer networks as this might be subjective to dangers like hacking, manipulation or even vote bribing, however these arguments are not addressing the general lack of trust already present of the current system or the cost of the procedures and even the lack of transparency that exists inherently with it.
Which system will prove to win our vote as a society in years to come remains to be seen.