The presidential election in the United States on Nov. 3 was controversial to begin with, but allegations of electoral fraud by defeated President Trump cast a veil over the entire process. Daniel Hardman, chief architect and chief information security officer at self-sovereign identity solution Evernym, thinks blockchain could help voting in general in the future.
“Blockchain can, in fact, provide a way for voters to be reliably and securely registered to vote, and when votes are cast, blockchain can be a mechanism to prove someone has the right to vote, based on their previous registration,” Hardman said. . CoinTelegraph. “Blockchain can provide a number of features that can help control a vote in elections,” he added.
Republicans have been hesitantly to accept a victory from Biden, despite the fact that the Electoral College verified the results earlier in December. The motives ranged from allegations of malfunctioning or manipulated voting machines to allegations of counterfeit ballots appearing en masse on critical voting sites.
“The recent things we’ve seen with election challenges in Pennsylvania and Arizona and so forth – there are certain features of blockchain that would have allowed for more robust auditing,” Hardman said. “You could basically take away any worries about mess and stuff like that.”
With public blockchains, such as Bitcoin’s (BTCFor example, every transaction is recorded in an immutable ledger, making audits more foolproof and transparent than centralized or paper-based processes. Applying such technology to voting could produce similar results for voting.
Although the model appears transparent and unchanging, how do the authorities know if the votes come from citizens who have only voted once? “What you want is so-called end-to-end authentication,” Hardman explained. “On the one hand, the front is the registration part,” he said, adding:
“You need to know that a person can only register once and that means that when someone comes in to register, you do the things you would do today at a physical election mechanism, namely – you check the driver’s license, you check their picture. agreements, their signature agreements, all that kind of thing. “
Then, under the hood, the technology ensures that each person has only one vote. “On the back, you prove that you can cast exactly one vote for a particular registration,” Hardman said.
In recent years, blockchain has gained popularity due to its usability in a number of mainstream processes, such as supply chain activities.