What is blockchain-based electronic voting? – L’Express Financier
In the era of remote access based on digital interventions – from transfer of funds to distance education and telehealth – digital interfaces in the electoral process cannot stay far away, especially in a democracy. In order to solve this problem, the Telangana government is implementing an electronic voting or electronic voting solution that is unique in the country. This is ideally for anyone unable to reach the voting booth or who prefers to vote remotely.
However, initially the goal is not for everyone, but for those with physical disabilities, the elderly and the sick. The fact that it is based on blockchain technology makes it more secure and crucial in an electoral arena, where there might be a tendency to manipulate the vote.
Explaining the process, Rajesh Dhuddu, Vice President and Head of Practice – Blockchain and Cybersecurity, who has studied this e-voting project, states that it cannot be done at random and that anyone wishing to participate in e-voting should pre-register with his voter card and another piece of identification, which could be an aadhaar card. They need to match this with their selfie.
This is where blockchain comes in handy as well. He says that if a fake ID is created, the value of “hash” (a unique number generated by the algorithm) will not match the details already stored in the system regarding the individual (the voter).
The technology for this comes from the CDAC as well as from the expertise of a few professors from the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology). It is currently being piloted in the khammam district of Telangana with voter registration for it from today (October 8) to October 18 and will be followed by a mock election in an apparent attempt to refine the solution. Attached is a demonstration video broadcast on this subject by the state government.