Cybersecurity company Kaspersky has debuted a prototype of its new Polys blockchain-based voting machine, aimed of developing a secure online voting platform that could be used by businesses, universities and political parties.
The new system combines an online election system with distributed ledger technology, creating a confirmation link between a vote and the voter who cast it. It also gives participants the option to vote on a voting machine at a polling station or using their device, with the added security of blockchain technology.
The process works by verified voters being given a unique QR code or tokens, which allows them to cast a vote on a Polys Voting Machine with votes then automatically encrypted and counted, once the QR code is being scanned. Then, voters can check their vote that has been stored anonymously on the blockchain using a web application.
The voting machines can also be interconnected with the Polys online voting platform, meaning that voters can cast a vote using their smartphone, but the possibility of voting twice is eliminated. The new system not only could improve election security, but it could also reduce staff and resource costs.
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