Are Blockchain Voting Systems The Future of Elections?

Are Blockchain Voting Systems The Future of Elections?

By Answerly app | Answerly | 11 May 2021


In today’s world, cryptocurrency is a common topic of discussion as well as the debate between groups and peers of all age brackets. Young entrepreneurs have taken a shift from the age’s old manner of transferring money to making use of cryptocurrency through the newly popularized open-source networks, such as Stellar. Upon having conducted a detailed desktop as well as practical research, I can surely claim that the hype and praise Stellar has gathered is worth it and well deserved. 

Stellar brings within itself several other benefits and ways that can make our day-to-day life less arduous. One of such examples is that of the concept of immutable blockchain voting to be introduced to NGOs (based on their requirement) as well as to other organizations that can make constructive use of its means. 

However, to make this possible a few standard measures and commonly arising concerns are to be looked into and ruled out. Therefore, the prospects which would make a perfect immutable blockchain are mentioned and discussed as follows; 

What Should Be The Requirements On The Voting System? 

Throughout history, voting systems have been criticized vastly by the local public whether that is during the time of pre-election or post-election. This is because the system can be identified to be compromising on the matter of reliability, accuracy, and an element of trust that the final decision drew is strictly based on the collected votes. 

For this reason, the most basic requirements of the Stellar Foundation based voting system should be;

  • Trustworthiness between the established immutable blockchain voting system and the voter. 
  • High rate of reliability 
  • Consistency 
  • Clear-cut guidelines and definitions are provided to the voter before conducting his vote. 
  • Strict action against the miscreants. 
  • Maintaining election integrity 
  • Easy access to the local public (or the target audience). 
  • Exposure free from targeted cyber-attacks.  

Blueorion.cc; a Free Voting Platform and Its Functions 

Blue Orion (https://blueorion.cc/votehome) is entirely based on the Stellar Ecosystem and has taken up the charge to implement services of cryptocurrency in user-friendly ways to the local public across the globe without any restriction of borders.

One of their services also includes a blockchain voting system (over the Stellar Network). It provides the conduction of free elections (1000 voters per election conducted) in all countries willing to avail of the facility. 

Blue Orion offers many in-demand features to its users at the comfort of their homes due to its online nature. Considering the global grave circumstance of a pandemic, an online voting platform is widely appreciated as well as required. Furthermore, it has also sorted out the issue of voter and vote secrecy by making use of an immutable blockchain. Blue Orion takes up the responsibility and ensures that all the votes are documented on the Stellar Blockchain. 

In my perception, Blue Orion fulfills the criteria of a sufficient voting system by its features without any recurring problems of an election being conducted deprived of the features and properties that increase its reliability for the hopeful participants and as well as the voters.

Who Could Be The ideal Target Organizations and NGOs For The Establishment of Immutable Blockchain Voting? 

NGO’s and organizations have a major role in our daily life whether it is through direct contact or indirect contact. As responsible citizens, we tend to try our best to adhere to the rules and laws set upon us by a state. However, it is not only the government that influences our decisions and what place we stand in as an individual and a community. That is the part where organizations and NGOs are that we are linked to make up their space in our lives.

An example of such a target organization could be the Stellar Community Funds (SCF) itself. The winner of each round of SCF is chosen solely based on voting in which the voters are part of the Stellar Community. Henceforth, to ensure that the secrecy of each voter was kept and election integrity was maintained, an immutable blockchain voting system is used. 

Similarly, if other organizations such as striving production houses also considered using blockchain voting systems to gather votes about what the audience wants on the big screen and implement the results, their total residue would largely increase. 

To conclude, it also wouldn’t be wrong to say that almost all government-run agencies and organizations could rightfully benefit from the use of the novel voting system. A repeated and frequent ground of complaint about the general public towards government-based organizations is the charge of corruption. A favorable solution could be that the concerned population or the employees working in a particular organization are asked to vote for a suitable and worthy figurehead under whom they are willing to work. In this manner, the probability of rigged elections through a blockchain voting system would be far slimmer and the community would be content as well. 

How Could an Organization Be Approached For This Purpose? 

Now that we have gone over the rudimentary credentials of an immutable blockchain voting system, the next approaching step is to reach out a hand to its target audience and make the idea possible on a comparatively vast scale. 

First and foremost, the targeted organizations or NGOs must be signaled out beforehand for marketing accordingly. In this manner specifying and reaching a particle target will likely prove to be less laborious. 

Furthermore, developing a platform linked to a website online that discusses the prospect and aim of the immutable blockchain voting system can make it easier for an organization to browse and link with the stellar foundation-based project. Other ways of indirect marketing may also be used to reach out to a target audience (particularly for NGOs) such as the use of social media. 

Lastly, using the organization’s need to your advantage, a representative or founder of the blockchain voting platform may reach out to its target and address the possible benefits it can and hopes to deliver the organization. This contact can easily be developed through email etc.  

How and What Resources Would Be Used to Run The Platform in The Long Run? 

Although, the world has majorly progressed from conservation to liberation. Nonetheless, in this regard, elections and the voting system have lost their weightage as well as significance. It is a common impression that elections are always rigged and henceforth, taking part in casting a vote or withdrawing oneself from doing so amounts to the same result. Keeping this in mind, voters or organizations might not be enthusiastic about paying a considerable amount of money to conduct an election or play the role of a voter. Consequently, the innovative idea of an immutable blockchain voting system might be left destitute of fulfilling or nearing its true aim (to establish a relationship of trustworthiness with the votes and to convince people to cast their votes). Over and above that, many organizations or underfunded NGOs might not have the resources to invest in a voting system despite its numerous paybacks. 

To conclude, it would be in the best of everyone’s interest to run the platform based on the funding that is received by individuals or organizations that support the communal cause. Following this approach, not only will it allow the voting system to reach the equilibrium of success, but also eradicate any false beliefs associated with an online election conduction system. 

Keeping in check the above-mentioned aspects and sticking to its high standards, slowly but surely, the blockchain voting system is sure to have its share of success.

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