Japanese company LayerX will partner with a digital identity application called xID to build a blockchain-based voting system in the Japanese city Kaga.
In a Thursday LayerX ad, The Tokyo-based company announced that it will develop the electronic voting project to promote safe elections for the city of 68,000 residents. The company said it was necessary to take into account the cost and stability of current electronic voting systems in the region.
“Online voting presents additional challenges, such as avoiding double votes, technical hurdles in keeping votes secret and the costs of voting machines.” said the company’s ad. “LayerX has examined and developed an electronic voting protocol that brings the transparency of the voting process and the confidentiality of voting documents into harmony.”
According to the company, The xID app strengthens the company’s existing voting system by helping to verify a voter’s identity and ensuring that only one vote is cast per voter. The LayerX system should allow voters to review their own voting results In addition, it offers the cryptographic possibility to independently verify that the registration processes and the addition of a particular voice on the blockchain network have been carried out correctly.
Kaga officials were the first in Japan to declare the area a “blockchain city”. The initiative apparently aimed to combat population decline in rural areas of the country Encouraging public and private sector companies to use innovative technologies. LayerX made a similar announcement in November when it said it would join Tsukuba City’s “Smart City” initiative.