Ukraine trials NEM blockchain for voting
Ukraine has embarked on a trial to test NEM’s blockchain technology in electoral voting.
The country’s electoral authority is thought to be attracted by the enhanced security offered by the technology.
Posts on social media by Oleksandr Stelmakh, head of the State Register at the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine, suggested early trials had gone well.
Stelmakh estimated the cost of installing blockchain voting across the country would be $1,227 in each police station.
However, he expressed the view that this would be a relatively small price to pay given the enhanced security protection offered by blockchain.
Along with reducing election fraud, advocates of blockchain voting point to potential long-run cost savings versus conventional electoral voting.
Proponents also claim the technology can boost voter turnout and improve accuracy.
Separately, CNN reported that the US state of West Virginia was deploying a blockchain-based mobile voting app across the state so that military personnel stationed abroad could more easily cast their votes.
Earlier this year, the city of Zug in Switzerland conducted trials for blockchain-based voting on municipal matters.