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Electis is launching a worldwide university voting experiment using Tezos

By Inkarias - 2020-02-14

Electis is a non-profit, community-based organization that is dedicating itself to the goal of exploring all new technologies to push for safe e-voting solutions and other technologies to strengthen democracy while at the same time keeping it safe, transparent and making it accessible to everyone. Electis is itself organizing electoral projects and connects each project with a suitable e-voting solution from centralized to decentralized to distributed systems. Electis is aiming to build a platform that connects universities to be able to organize cross-university votes and to provide an international platform for academics but also to be used for institutions to hold regular, internal student elections. Electis is preparing its first voting project based on a blockchain: the “Cross-university vote project”, an impartial, international and academic project in cooperation with universities, students and scientists. An open-source voting platform is currently being developed by a group of blockchain and e-voting experts and with the involvement of students.

The utilization of Tezos system

The university voting application will be implemented on Tezos, an open-source platform. What makes Tezos so suitable for a democratic e-voting tool is the on-chain governance model that is integrated into the blockchain. It is capable of amending its own sets of rules through a proof-of-stake based consensus model. This means that all stakeholders participate in network upgrades by evaluation, proposing, or approving amendments. The development team is led by two institutions, the University of Edinburgh and the Polytechnique in Paris. The addition of Tezos features in the project will bring security and safety for the voting. As Electis team shared:

As trust in the system is central in any election, it is important to have citizens engaged in these projects and try new technologies, in settings that are low-stake and open to academia and public.

More details at https://tezos.foundation/