Russian ruling party, United Russia, has launched an electronic voting platform that is blockchain-based, as reported by TASS, a local news agency.
Only Russian citizens who have accomplished the entire authorization process can participate in the electronic voting procedure. The authorization process is carried out in the web portal that provides electronic state services. The e-voting system and platform have the function of improving transparency during the Russian election. It also seeks to eliminate any biased intermediates in the election process.
The updated website launched by United Russia has added e-voting as one of its crucial functions. Vyacheslav Sateyev, the head of IT projects of the party, believes that the vote counting process will utilize blockchain technology. Moreover, Sateyev emphasized that candidates will be given a chance to fill in their personal pages on the site. The personal site is connected with all social media networks and also has a mobile-friendly version.
The primaries are considered a straw vote that is held by United Russia for the nomination of all party candidates for the Russian general elections. Whatever decision is made in the primaries, this is not mean that it is binding. In fact, 2016 witnessed some Russian candidates not participating in the primaries.
Last month, the Moscow city council proposed to use blockchain technology for its electronic voting system. In fact, a local parliament of Moscow, Duma, is planning to oversee the use of electronic voting in the upcoming elections. They are planning to protect the entire electoral process using blockchain technology.
In December 2018, there is an allegedly successful e-voting using blockchain technology. This happened in the Southern Russian region of Saratov Oblast.