Swiss city of Zug holds blockchain-based test vote

July 03, 2018
Chris Wheal

The Swiss city of Zug has completed the country’s first blockchain-based test poll that allowed participants to cast their votes using their smartphones.

Swiss city Zug uses blockchain to record test vote: Shutterstock

While the consultative poll was only small scale, it used new technology, utilising blockchain and the city’s eID system, first set up in November, to record the results.

“The premiere was a success,” Zug’s head of communications Dieter Muller told the Swiss News Agency.

Voters had to register by downloading a pre-existing app to their smartphones.

Vote to be evaluated

The full success of the vote will be evaluated over the coming months to determine whether the new system adequately protected privacy, upheld voting security and ensured accurate, verifiable results that are tamperproof.

The news agency reported that out of a total of 240 people who had access to the online registering system, only 72 took part, but those who were questioned afterward noted that the process was easy.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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