Faced with US presidential elections that drag on and crystallize all tensions, the crypto community is calling for the development of a blockchain-based voting system.
Blockchain voting to clean up the next American elections?
The United States is in the midst of a political crisis, as the results of the presidential elections are slow to be known. Donald Trump has embarked on a legal battle to try to suspend the counting of votes. He also asks that they be counted again.
Several figures in the blockchain community have therefore raised the idea of an extended blockchain vote for the next large-scale elections in the United States. In particular, they would make it possible to count the votes automatically, and to avoid suspicion of fraud. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao thus urged the community to build a reliable blockchain-based voting system, in order to propose it for the following US elections:
“If there is a blockchain voting mobile app (with efficient KYC of course), we won’t have to wait for results , or question their validity. The privacy [of voters] can be protected using several encryption mechanisms. „
Equal to himself, CZ doesn’t bother with caution. He estimates that if a company chooses to develop something now and get government approval, it will have “ Over 300 million users in 4 years . “ And to add that any competent developer should be happy to develop this app for free …
A particularly complex task in reality
A vision shared by Vitalik Buterin , who however explained that developing an app of this type would represent a particularly hard challenge :
“The technical difficulties associated with the development of an encrypted and secure voting system are significant (and often underestimated). But in my opinion, this is 100% the direction to take . “
The creator of Ethereum also recalls the limitations of postal voting, citing a statistic: the US postal services have failed to deliver 27% of votes remotely . It would appear, however, that this figure is misleading .
Still, the US presidential elections turned into an imbroglio that could undoubtedly have been simplified by using other forms of voting. However, we must be careful . In Russia, blockchain voting has already been tested in Moscow, and it will be extended for the next legislative elections . But already, it has shown its limits: the site used had been attacked and sensitive voter data ended up for sale on the Darknet .
If there is a blockchain solution, it will therefore require a considerable phase of testing to ensure that it is suitable for a large-scale vote such as the American elections. Gradually, however, the idea gained ground. This summer, we learned that India was also considering blockchain voting .