Drachmae Blockchain Solution for Brexit Voting and Transparency

Drachmae Blockchain Solution for Brexit Voting and Transparency

Voting over the blockchain presents various opportunities in security, governance and trusted campaigns.

Drachmae Project was very involved last year in the Grexit, and use cases for solutions using the Blockchain. Drachmae also provided the voting platform at the PayExpo Event (www.payexpo.com) for attendees to vote for best speakers over the blockchain.

The core features of the Blockchain is transparency and trust, and Blockchain voting therefore provides a valuable service that can be implemented in political voting campaigns. An example would be the up-and-coming Brexit referendum of 23rd June 2016. Any Voting scenario could benefit, but we will use the this as an example.

Drachmae Project is discovering and exploring blockchain use cases outside financial services that can be simply implemented. Voting is very important for communities

The founder of the Drachmae Project, Lee Gibson Grant, has been asking the question over social media, “How do we know the Votes will be correct?” Grant makes the point that the vote is a seriously critical issue globally. The future of Britain is at stake. However, how does the public know it is not going to be deceived? There are many variables, and UKIP has complained about voting in the past, but now is perhaps a point at which we need to look at and understand how technology such as the blockchain underpin trust and transparency. 

There are 418 principal (unitary, upper and second tier) councils in the UK
•    27 county councils
•    201 district councils
•    125 unitary councils
Looking at just the 217 upper tier councils (which excludes districts), there are 152 in England, 32 in Scotland, 22 in Wales and 11 in Northern Ireland.

What hurdles must be overcome for Blockchain voting? Councils in the UK operate the voters roll, in which you pre-register to vote. (This is also used as part of your Credit rating, your ”Digital Identity”). We would need to bridge the council's voters roll database to the blockchain, and provide a matching blockchain ID. We are faced with the risk of multiple votes from “Ghost Voters”, along with the larger issue of how the voter registers his or her vote. Those not eligible to vote could also be registered, and their status could change over time. In the proposed Drachmae Blockchain solution for the Brexit, you would be able to Vote via Ipad or Mobile APP.

Permission based Nodes, as presented by DT-Chain, will resolve various issues and can complement NXT Decentralized Voting. 

There are 418 Principal councils and this would mean each one would have a DT-Chain Masternode, which would mean they have access to the global chain, and their own private voting chain. They would be able to replicate their existing Databases onto their private, permissioned blockchain and therefore retain control and privacy of the data.

DT-Chain can handle hundreds of thousands of votes per second, while operating in conjunction with the NXT Voting Mechanism. This allows a hybrid solution to maintain the integrity of public decentralization while enforcing jurisdictional control on private Blockchains.

Additionally, to eradicate the fraudulent or “Ghost Votes” via APP or PC voting, the Voter would submit their Identity, such Passport, NHS or National insurance, possibly all at the same time. This is to be supplemented by photo that is taken upon the time of the vote, possibly supplemented by biometric technology.

A very elegant and user friendly voting portal or app can be connected to the DT-Chain for voting. The votes can be issued in parallel on the DT-Chain, and they can then be cross-logged to the NXT Blockchain with a time stamp. DT-Chain does the heavy lifting in terms of the throughput, secures privacy and jurisdictional control, and passes the needed information through to NXT Decentralized Voting for public reporting and transparency. 

This can also be taken much deeper, with Sub-Nodes from the councils offering services to 9-10,000 local councils in England, including towns, parishes, communities, neighbourhoods and village councils. Scotland and Wales have a similar system of community councils that sit below the principal councils.

This all falls elegantly into line with the issues of Digital Identity, Housing, Benefits and many more public services outside of Voting that can be managed on the DT-Chain Nodes, supplemented by public NXT Core functions such as Voting, Messaging, and Monetary system..

For the councils this would also enable cost cuts on administration, with efficiency gains allowing for re-allocation of resources to other areas. The greatest benefit is in securing the identity and privacy of the person voting, or requiring services from the administration. This identity can be constantly updated across different networks, and be instrumental in preventing Identity fraud.

Lee Gibson Grant
Skype: le-grande1
Mobile UK: +44 (0) 7913345961
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Email: lee@drachmae.money
www.drachmae.org

 
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