In an interview with Cointelegraph, Charles Hoskinson suggested that a Cardano-based solution could enable blockchain voting for future national elections. He said, “I don’t just think we’ve built the infrastructure for it.”
Hoskinson realized that the road to the Cardano election would be gradual and require a series of experimentation.. He suggested that it could start with third parties using the network for their primaries before escalating into local and state elections. From there, he suspected that the network could be used in national elections for countries struggling with legacy systems:
“I think it is quite possible that in three to five years we can retrieve this evidence and sell it to the Ethiopian government or the Georgian government, for example. And they are looking for new voting systems because they have big problems with the census and registration as well as with new and free elections. “
He also noted that IOHK has a full team in Lancaster, England that regularly publishes research on electronic voting. However, Hoskinson admitted this Scaling a blockchain-based voting system would be difficult. Creating a platform that is sufficiently geared towards data protection and auditability would require a lot of crypto overhead:
“If you’re only running parliamentary elections where you don’t care about privacy, you count the votes. You can do this to a billion people. If you want an election where I can review but can’t prove to an outside party that I voted for but at least I know my vote is counted and I want my privacy and a ballot. And then you find yourself in a situation where you have to go from billions to thousands and fragment them. “
Meanwhile, Project Catalyst has enabled Cardano entrepreneurs to submit projects to the community for funding. Catalyst sets a path for the kind of on-chain governance that is expected to be implemented as Cardano enters the Voltaire era.
The video of this interview will be available shortly on the Cointelegraph YouTube channel.