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Japanese city to utilize Blockchain for voting online

by Brian Armstrong
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Leading nations in the world are embracing digital technologies in the most aggressive manner, incorporating the latest innovations and tools to enhance their day to day operational efficiency. Japan is leading the blockchain innovation by adopting technology in various walks of life.

Japanese City Kaga is experimenting with blockchain technology for allowing its residents to vote online for the local elections.

Kaga City Announced Blockchain-Based Online Voting System

Tokyo based blockchain company LayerX and xID have come together to create an innovative online voting platform to allow the Kaga city residents to cast their vote online for upcoming local elections.

The initiative allows the citizens to vote online, making it easier for the elderly population of the area to conveniently vote from the remote areas. It is interesting to note that a large part of the Japanese population is elderly, and it is cumbersome for the elderly in remote locations of Japan to travel for casting votes.

Digital ID solutions creator xID would provide the ID verification solution for the system, and LayerX would  build the overall system to address the requirement of the high-security digital voting system. There have been several hindrances in the digital and online voting systems, like a security breach, technical glitches, and expensive voting machines. The company aims to develop cost-effective systems that deliver voting capabilities without any risk.

LayerX has developed a highly efficient electronic voting system that facilitates both transparencies in the process, along with maintaining enough confidentiality of voting data. With xID, the voting system would be strengthened as the probability of dual voting would be eliminated. xID technology would ensure that one voter receives only one ballot, thus safeguarding the election processes from any glitch or probable rigging.

Voters could also verify the voting results and check if the vote was cast and recorded properly.

Kaaga city in Ishikawa Prefecture is taking the lead in promoting the various internet of things and advanced technologies to stay on top of digital adoption. The city government used Snoplo I, an azure based system, to automate its snow plow operations.  The online voting system for local elections is yet another initiative of the city administration to fast forward its technology adoption and enhance lives in remote areas. 


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