Blockchain technology is being explored and developed at a rapid pace in multiple distinct industries ranging from agriculture to esports. But what can the technology offer the electoral system?
The technology was originally popularized by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. In its most basic form, blockchain technology is an immutable ledger that records and tracks transactions. This system lends itself to a task that requires the utmost security and efficiency in as simple a gesture as pressing a button.
The reason voters mill to polling stations is because anonymous voting in person is the best way to ensure integrity and privacy. In the past digital voting systems faced issues due to the conflict between verifying voter integrity and protecting voter anonymity.
Blockchain assuages these issues with ease.