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U.S. Senate Is Considering Blockchain Voting

The coronavirus pandemic poses new challenges for democracies. The U.S. Senate is also looking for ways to conduct votes and the like without physical presence. Could blockchain be the solution here?

As a result of the general corona lockdown, the United States Senate temporarily suspended session work. Although the upper chamber of the US Congress resumed work on May 4, Senate officials continue to seek procedural solutions that are appropriate to the acute threat. A memo discussed as a variant for contactless voting. Therefore, a blockchain solution by employees of the investigation subcommittee.

The 29-page memo dated April 30th is devoted to the legal and technical framework for remote meetings and voting. The authors note that there are no clear legal regulations for such cases. In view of the technical possibilities available, they consider such regulations to be sensible. Finally, the blockchain and comparable technologies could currently contribute to maintaining the democratic process while avoiding health risks. However, the memo does not contain any concrete legislative proposals, since the decision on procedural rules is the responsibility of another Senate committee.

Blockchain voting systems on the rise?

While the employees of the U.S. Senate are still having theoretical discussions, developers elsewhere have already launched the first voting systems based on the blockchain. The IT security company Kaspersky presented a voting computer a few months ago that is connected to a blockchain platform. In Volgograd, Russia, there was even a first test with 80,000 participants.

Meanwhile, students from the University of Malta have also developed a dApp to make blockchain elections possible.

Author: Marko Vidrih

Featured image credit: Pixabay

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Marko Vidrih

Marko Vidrih

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