Russia’s New Blockchain Voting System Isn’t Ready, but It’ll Be Used This Month Anyway

Russia’s New Blockchain Voting System Isn’t Ready, but It’ll Be Used This Month Anyway

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Russia’s new blockchain-based voting system needs more work before it can be used in nationwide elections, according to the nation’s Central Election Commission.

While recent user tests were promising, the commission concluded improvements are still needed regarding how voters are identified, Russian newspaper Kommersant .

The e-voting system is built on the enterprise version of the Waves blockchain and was developed under the auspices of the state-backed telecommunications giant Rostelecom, as CoinDesk has . The blockchain’s nodes will be hosted on the company’s servers.

Despite the issues, the solution will be used for remote voting during by-elections for seats in the national parliament on Sept. 13 in two Russian regions: Kurskaya oblast and Yaroslavskaya oblast. About 15,000 people have already registered to vote electronically, and some 3,500 participated in the test, Ella Pamfilova, head of the Central Election Commission, told Kommersant.

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