“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 costs. In an age of technological progress that includes self-driving cars, it seems that there must be a better way to vote than the one used in the Georgia primary election.
In recent years, blockchain has revolutionised areas 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. Better yet, a regulated blockchain will enable governments to organise transparent elections, and it would enable citizens to empower their leaders and participate democratically in policymaking.
But let’s first consider the issues faced by current online voting systems.
Electoral fraud is a frequent issue around the world, especially in developing countries. But online electoral fraud is particularly easy to commit because when the electronic voting machine isn’t monitored, it becomes easier for a hacker to directly reprogram it, or 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.
Another possible target is the wireless transmission of voting results. Unprotected data could be stolen in the days leading up to or on the polling day. A hacked election could create a lasting distrust of the online voting process, whether or not it changes the result.
L3COS is a technology that draws its strength from peers — or nodes — on its network to 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 online voting faces, it is perceived as insecure. Fortunately, the introduction of blockchain technology is changing this perception. The L3COS regulated blockchain is the ultimate technology that has everyone’s trust, from governments to institutions and citizens.
Here’s how L3COS can change the game in the electoral process.
Because L3COS allows voters to no longer have to leave their home and go to a polling station to vote, they can cast their votes without fear of intimidation or punishment, or the possibility that their identity or political preferences will be revealed to others. Likewise, officials can count votes with absolute certainty, knowing that each ID can be attributed to one vote, no fakes can be created, and that nothing illegal is going to take place. 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. One of the fundamental human rights is the right to participate in government and free elections. A transparent system like L3COS would ensure that votes could not be amended or invalidated.
Another positive impact of blockchain on human rights is freedom of opinion and information. L3COS’s regulated blockchain makes room for a bottom-up democracy where citizens enjoy their civil rights, freely share their opinion, and are not bombarded by 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.
L3COS also allows citizens, businesses and governments to share access to records, which are made auditable and transparent. It also establishes a new voting system that excludes the 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 themselves, rather than relying on representatives to do it for them. It does that 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 may change to make a way for this transparent system, regulated blockchain technology is also suitable for other inclusive and fair digital democratic procedures such as surveys, referendums or polls.
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.