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Electing through Blockchain: Polys in action - Part II

An overlook of some of Polys’ success stories

Author: Andrea Cassetta


Following up on the first article where we discussed whether it was feasible to adopt a blockchain-based solution to overcome some of the main issues typical of traditional electoral systems, in today’s article we are going to talk about Polys, and in particular some of its successful trials. 

Of the many successful cases, one, in particular, got my attention: the multiple-round voting made by Ecsite, an NPOs gathering European Science Centres, Research Institutes, and private companies, at their Annual General Meeting for the approval of the budget for 2019. This is the most recent example of the application of Kasperky’s platform, and also one of the most successful. Regular voting procedures pose a threat to the operation of bodies such as Ecsite, as they might be easily manipulated. The blockchain-based solution made available by Polys allowed Ecsite to bypass the regular e-voting procedures and simply the whole process. Voting members were given a unique QR code printed on their badges to be used to access the platform. Right after the 230 voters cast their votes, the results were announced. During the meeting, 6 rounds of voting were held. Lucie Steigleder, Administrative and Communications Assistant at Ecsite praised the new voting system as a milestone for their organization.

A second use case I found really captivating consists in the elections at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, one of the leading research institutes in Europe. There, Polys has been used for more than 1,000 elections where 30k voters casted their votes through the blockchain. The thing that made those elections stand out was the turnout rate: in fact, as stated by the university itself, in previous elections students were too busy to fit in their schedule time to go to the ballot. Voting via the app was an unevaluable way for them to express their voice regardless of their schedule or location. Another advantage found by the election commission was the save of time spent in paperwork. The time was spent, instead, in spreading information and increasing awareness. Dmitry Efimov, Head of the Education Quality Committee of the institution, highlighted how this voting system allowed them to organize and carry out elections quickly and safely while maintaining a high standard in transparency. 

On Polys’ website (https://polys.me/) you can find other success stories, as well as technical papers in the “Docs” section, for those interested in learning how algorithms work “behind the curtains”. But, to do so, be sure to check also our other articles and stay tuned for more news in the upcoming weeks. 


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