- Blockchain technology is often considered the most transparent and secure way of conducting voting and election procedures.
- Countries like Estonia, Switzerland, the USA, and the UK have already implemented electronic voting using Blockchain technology.
- Russia recently implemented a voting system based on blockchain which halted just after a few hours of its launch.
Blockchain technology is often considered the most transparent and secure way of conducting voting and election procedures. Countries like Estonia, Switzerland, the USA, and the UK have already implemented electronic voting using Blockchain technology. Similarly, Russia had used the blockchain technology in the Saratov youth parliament where 40,000 voters participated. However, the recent voting system based on blockchain halted just after a few hours of its launch. The ongoing Moscow and Nizhny Novgrod elections were for constitutional amendments of the Russian Federation from 25th June to 30th June. However, they have both options available. They can both vote offline in the nearest polling booths as well as online, provided that they have stable internet service.
Peak Load Responsible For The Collapse
Member of the Central Election Commission, Anton Lopatin said that the web portal may have collapsed due to the high amount of load on the server. He further said that the load was peak due because the voters of Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod region opened the portal all at once to vote. He added that as the curator of the particular region he has the idea of how active people are when it comes to voting. The voting system was developed by the Moscow Department of Information Technologies. They used the Bitfury’s Exonum enterprise Blockchain platform as described in Moscow’s mayor official website.
Issue Is Resolved And The Voting Platform Is Restored
After logging in, the voters were facing difficulty with the efficiency of the platform. However, the issue was soon resolved and now working fine. The head of the Public Headquarters for Monitoring and Observation of All-Russian Voting in Moscow, Ilya Massukh that such issues require solutions because evidently the influx of voters and the traffic network increases at the start and end of the toll. However, a representative from the electoral process assured that all the arrangements are made so that these things do not happen in the future.
Remote Voting Systems Can Be Useful
The current situations going around us, the daily rise in Covid-19 patients and increasing death tolls, it is very unlikely that normal electoral processes will be held this year, which means that the electronic voting system is the only alternative as of now. Some experts say that this is too early to introduce such technologies. However, MIT researchers have found perceptible loopholes in the Blockchain company, Voatz which has held a virtual meeting for the Arizona State Republican Party. India has been working on its Blockchain voting platform, with its premiere educational institute IIT.