The South korean government is all set to test a Blockchain based mobile app for the purpose of voting in december this year. They are planning to use the Blockchain technology for an electoral voting system.
Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Election Commission will collaborate to implement Blockchain technology within the online voting system, reports ZDNet.
Procedures To Run Blockchain Based Online Voting In South Korea
The trial period will commence next month by Korea Internet Security Agency(KISA) together with Seoul National University’s Blockchain Society to gather responses from surveys.
The voting will be conducted by mobiles and personal computers. Data will be saved on a distributed network, and voters will be able to view the voting results as they progress.
The NEC will be using technologies like Artificial Intelligence(AI), Big Data and Internet of things after deciding about the use of system for online voting.
Blockchain Based Online Voting in America
A similar experiment was held out in West Virginia last year for a federal election. They allowed overseas voters to cast an absentee ballot in a midterm election via a – Blockchain based app. 144 individuals from 31 countries were able to vote successfully.
West Virginia recorded that experiment as a success and plans to use the technology again in 2020 elections. Voatz, the company that worked with west virginia, has already made deals with local governments with the U.S.
Although there is no precedential proof of the success of the pilot test due to non disclosure, this does not answers the concerns over variety of matters like the incursion of the russians in the US elections of 2016.
Visible Benefits Of Blockchain Based Online Voting In India
Application of Blockchain technology in voting has eliminated some limitations as compared the previous systems. It eliminates the problem of people who are either unable or unwilling to vote by easing the necessary restrictions and inaccessibility.
This can be clearly seen in the Indian subcontinent. In 2019’s general elections, a third of the 900 million people eligible to vote didn’t exercise their right for aforementioned reasons. People move from their hometowns to other cities in search for jobs ,study etc. and do not register to vote in their new residence.
To curb this problem the electoral commission, in February this year, decided to collaborate with Indian Institute of technology,Chennai, to develop a Blockchain system for voting.
Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora claimed, that this development would solve the problem of people unable to vote as they work outside the vicinity of where they are registered, in a Time Now summit this February.
How Does Blockchain Based Online Voting Work?
To understand the application of Blockchain technologies in online voting system we first need to understand the technology itself. Casting votes as transactions in a block, we can create a Blockchain that keeps track of the votes. Technologies like big data and internet of things come in use to collect and present the data .
This way everyone can agree on the final count as they can count the votes themselves. The Blockchain’s inherent feature of immutability in this system, can help to verify and detect if any votes were changed or removed or if illegitimate votes were added.