Swiss Blockchain Voting Test Hailed “a Success”

blockchain voting systemsDespite a rather low turnout, the blockchain voting test held in the Swiss city of Zug has been hailed “a success” by Dieter Müller, Head of Communications for the city.

The city of Zug’s first ever local blockchain-based municipal vote took place between June 25th and July 1st, using the city’s digital ID system (eID), which was launched in November 2017.

A success

The system provides citizens with the opportunity to vote using their mobile devices.

Speaking to the Swiss News Agency, Müller said that “the premiere was a success,” and that the technical details of the vote will be looked at over the coming months to verify privacy, voting secrecy and the legitimacy of the results.

With only 72 of the 240 citizens who had access to the system taking part, Müller admitted in his discussion with the Swiss News Agency that “the number of participants could have been higher.”

The citizens were required to vote on some minor municipal matters and were also given a questionnaire on the blockchain voting system itself, including if the eID system should be used in future referendum votes.

According to the Swiss News Agency, three people commented that it was not easy to vote using the digital method, while 22 responded that they would be in favor of using blockchain for completing tax returns or surveys and paying parking fees using their digital ID.

Three claimed they would use it for borrowing library books.

Tamper-proof voting method

The city of Zug has been christened “Crypto Valley” by many due to the welcoming manner in which it treats blockchain-based companies.

Already there are some blockchain-related startups operating within the city, and only the Baltic states come anywhere close to Switzerland when it comes to blockchain infrastructure and development.

On Friday Swissinfo reported that Lausanne’s Federal Institute of Technology had revealed another blockchain voting method which is set to be tamper-proof.

“Anyone can verify the data and prove that the election was not rigged,” Olivier Crochat, director at the institute, claimed.

The number of ongoing blockchain voting projects would indicate that Switzerland is searching for alternative voting solutions, and Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr set out a proposal last week that Switzerland should include eVoting as an alternative to paper ballots.

“The time is right for a broad discussion on e-voting and to take an informed decision,” commented Thurnherr.

“There are enough advantages.” 

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