Blockchain-Based E-voting Systems

Blockchain-based electronic voting
Blockchain Technology / Software Development

Blockchain-Based E-voting Systems

Blockchain-Based E-voting Systems for Governments and Enterprises

Blockchain-Based E-voting Systems for Governments and Enterprises: Opportunities, Challenges, Alternatives

Shifting towards digital polls and ballots


𝑪𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒆 𝒂 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒇𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒚𝒆𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆?

𝑻𝒐𝒅𝒂𝒚’𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒌𝒆𝒕 𝒐𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒕𝒘𝒐 𝒕𝒚𝒑𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒐𝒍𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒄 𝒗𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈:

𝟏. 𝐎𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐬:

𝟐. 𝐂𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦 𝐖𝐞𝐛 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬:

𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒂 𝒅𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒎 𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒍𝒖𝒅𝒆:

𝑯𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓, 𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒑𝒂𝒑𝒆𝒓-𝒃𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒕𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒄 𝒗𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒘𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒔:


Using a blockchain when building an e-voting solution

𝑶𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝒃𝒐𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒅 𝒂 𝒄𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒎 𝒆-𝒗𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒎 𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒖𝒄𝒕 𝒅𝒊𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒚𝒑𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒚𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒗𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒔:
Aside from the listed use cases, organizations can use blockchain-based platforms for e-voting to gather feedback from their employees and stakeholders or conduct customer satisfaction surveys.
𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒂𝒏 𝒆-𝒗𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒐𝒍𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒍𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒔 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒆𝒄𝒉𝒏𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒚?

We can outline four specific benefits of using blockchain for voting when building dedicated online solutions:

However, incorporating the blockchain into an e-voting solution can be challenging for organizations and their development teams. In the next section, we cover the key technology-related limitations and pitfalls your developers may encounter when working on a blockchain voting system project.

Challenges and limitations of blockchain-based voting platforms

We can split these challenges into two categories:
Let’s first take a closer look at non-technical challenges.
Aside from these challenges, there are specific technical limitations that your development team should account for when building an online blockchain-based voting system:
No matter how extensively you want to use a blockchain in your e-voting product, there are several technical aspects your development team needs to pay special attention to. Let’s talk about them in the next section.

4 core aspects of building a blockchain-based voting solution

When using blockchain for an electronic voting system, your team will need to answer the following four questions:
Let’s find answers to each of these questions.

1. What type of blockchain network will we use?

There are three common types of blockchain network architectures for your team to choose from:


Your choice can be influenced by several aspects:


2. What consensus algorithm will we implement?

Consensus algorithms are responsible for reaching a single source of truth within a blockchain and can be competitive or non-competitive.


3. What integration opportunities will we enable?

4. How can we maintain the required level of anonymity?


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