Switzerland’s First Municipal Blockchain Voting Trial A ‘Success’
The Swiss city of Zug known as the “Crypto Valley,” has successfully completed its first test of a local blockchain-based voting system, the Swiss News Agency reported yesterday, July 2.
The small-scale consultative vote utilized the city’s eID system which was set up in November 2017.
“The premiere was a success,” said Dieter Müller, head of communications for the city of Zug to the Swiss News Agency.
Smartphones were utilized for voting submissions, where users downloaded the pre-existing app to register.
“The technical details of the test will now be evaluated over the coming months,” he said.
According to a press release from the Zug government on June 25, the goal of constructing this blockchain-based platform was to make the voting process “safer and less susceptible to unnoticed manipulation.”
The announcement also described the contrasting voting process, including positive user feedback:
In contrast to other e-voting systems, the voting process in the city of Zug did not take place via a single central server, but was distributed using blockchain across many computers. The vote trial started on June 25, and finished on Monday evening….Almost all participants found it easy to vote digitally. Only three people indicated otherwise in their questionnaire.