“What we had was just ridiculous,”
was the reaction of Simone Alisa, who had to line up for 5 hours to cast her vote in the primary election in Atlanta, Georgia, in June 2020.
Some might say the long line was due to more people coming to vote than usual, but actually, it was essentially due to the closing of polling stations to reduce local costs. In an age of technological progress that includes self-driving cars, there must be a better way to vote than the one used in the Georgia primary election and very nearly everywhere else.
In recent years, blockchain has revolutionised areas of life as diverse as crowdfunding, contractual agreements, finance, cloud storage and human rights. Voting is another process that blockchain’s decentralised technology can simplify and improve.
Blockchain technology can and will provide a secure and simplified method of voting to replace the traditional one. A blockchain where the government maintains oversight will allow it to create a more accurate electoral register of those entitled to vote and therefore fairer elections. This enable a country’s citizens to have greater trust in the leaders they have empowered as well as more easily participate in policymaking with more regular, democratic votes.
But let’s first consider the issues faced by those regions and countries that currently use online voting systems.
Electoral fraud is a frequent issue around the world, especially in developing countries. But online electoral fraud is surprisingly easy to commit because when electronic voting machines are not monitored, they become easier for hackers to reprogram it, or even do so remotely when it is connected to the internet. To change the outcome of an election, a hacker might have to attack only a few key constituencies. They can also change voter registration data so that a large number of voters would be turned away at the polls since the machines would not recognise their ability to participate.
Another possible target is the wireless transmission of voting results. Unprotected data can be stolen in the days leading up to or on the polling day. And a consequently hacked election could create lasting distrust of the online voting process, whether or not it actually changes the result.
L3COS is a technology that draws its strength from what it calls peers — or nodes — on its network that will verify, process, and record all transactions across the system. Not only does the technology regulate financial transactions, but it also works with any type of data transmission. It is incorruptible, thanks to its encrypted and regulated database of transactions.
Due to the threats facing online voting, it is not always perceived as secure as it needs to be. Fortunately, blockchain technology should be able to change that perception. The L3COS blockchain technology should engender everyone’s trust, from governments to institutions and to citizens themselves about the integrity of the electoral system.
Here’s how L3COS can change the game in the electoral process.
Because L3COS enables to vote electronically from home without having to go to a polling station. Only they can cast their votes and only do this once. Likewise, officials can count the cast votes with absolute certainty, knowing that each voter ID can only be attributed to one specific voter. There can be no dead man or personification in the voting process or the head of a households utilising and taking the vote of other often women household members. This will also result in paper-free voting and reduce bureaucracy in the process.
Among all the benefits of L3COS, its most important asset in solving human rights issues is its transparency and none is more important than the right to participate in government and free elections. A transparent system as can be deployed by L3COS will ensure that votes cannot be amended or invalidated.
Another positive impact of using blockchain technology to safeguard human rights is that it grants freedom of opinion and information.
L3COS’s regulated blockchain enhances bottom-up democracy allowing citizens to enjoy their full civil rights, freely share their opinions, and be safeguarded from malicious propaganda, as it can be traced and removed easily. With its three-layer system, L3COS makes it possible for citizens to influence their country’s decision-making process directly and freely.
L3COS also allows citizens, businesses and governments to share access to records, which can be made auditable and transparent. It also establishes a new voting system which excludes the possible alteration of historical documents or the addition of illegitimate votes.
L3COS is paving the way for a direct democracy, where people can decide the course of policy for themselves, rather than relying on their elected representatives to do it for them. It can achieve this by organizing the distributed network of participants into three levels: government, business and society. At each of these levels, a respective consensus mechanism logically unifies the participants. These mechanisms are proof of government (PoGvt), Delegated Proof of Stake (DLPoS) and Proof of Storage (PoST).
Participants at each level can communicate with each other without intermediaries via a system of permissions and hierarchies. It is the government that sets fundamental rules for the relationships between the different- and same-level participants. In turn, level 3 participants regulate the government.
While political election rules could change to make a way for such a transparent system, regulated blockchain technology is also suitable for other inclusive and fair digital democratic procedures such as surveys, referendums and local as well as national consultations.
L3COS provides a robust platform for society to influence government decisions from the bottom up. The system is extremely secure, transparent, and easy to use. This allows for inclusive and fair digital democratic procedures such as elections and referendums.
By using L3COS as the electronic voting system, security and transparency would be greatly enhanced. Once governments start using L3COS for this purpose, it’s going to make drastic transformations all over the world.