The question of election rigging in the United States has now been addressed in more than one election: the 2ooo Bush v Gore presidential elections and this past presidential election and in other nations around the world, news of election rigging is all too familiar. How do we solve this, and more specifically how do we solve this problem for future generations?
To avoid rigged elections, the future is e-voting using blockchain technology. Follow My Vote is a company that is practically spearheading the innovation behind allowing voters to vote online using end to end blockchain technology whose aim is to combat electoral fraud and protect user credentials. Their goal for future elections is to have voting without endless lines, fraudulent registration practices by simply using a webcam and a government issued ID. Because of the underlying blockchain technology, the virtual electoral process assures a quick and auditable process. It guarantees real time reflection on the process and cryptography would then ensure the security of one’s vote in the blockchain enabled voting platform.
Watch the video below for a visual understanding of how Follow my Vote works:
Of course there are skeptics who are opposed to the sudden branching out into using blockchain technology in the electoral process. One of the main fears is that blockchain is not fully matured as a technology for it to handle something as sensitive as voting. The other fear is that an online platform present risks for hackers who might compromise the authenticity of the process by “interception or malware” as Jeremy Clark, a specialist in cryptographic voting systems at Concordia University, advises. Although the skepticism is rational, the underlying issues currently being addressed when operationalizing blockchain are the ones being solved constantly to make it a viable technology, not only by firms such as Follow My Vote, but by central banks and corporations alike.
The fundamental reality is that sometimes various technologies are invented to maximize profit and win wars, but other times they are actually created to transform or have the capacity to transform injustice and unfairness experienced today and in the past. Using them for good, not only in the United States but globally, is significant. Eradicating the reality of fraudulent elections means setting up a future framework for free and fair elections that enable administrations to work for the benefit of their citizens, not the corrupt.
Here’s a Ted Talk by Santiago Siri to sum it all up: