I'm from Africa. Here, the political setup is a really messed up. There is rarely any election conducted that issue free and fair.
I'm from Nigeria and you should come to see how things go down during elections.
Before the elections kicks off, you see politicians campaigning and giving *white elephant promises*. They promise to build bridges where there are no rivers. They let out some pieces of the millions of notes they've accumulated from dubious means and gullible people rally around them for what they can get.
What you see on the news most times are a farcry from what actually happens. You rarely hear that people lose their lives during these elections but it does happen.
For the first time since I turned an adult, I did go out to get my voter's card but it's not because I want to vote, it's because I needed it to upgrade my account which I use for cryptocurrency.
The voting doesn't count. Many times the winners are already in jubilation before the exercise.
Elections are marred with malpractices. Election officials get manipulated and cajoled into inflating through results of certain candidates. It's really a shame what still goes on at these times.
I think using blockchain technology would be a welcome idea. I mean each person could vote from the comfort of his/her home. However, I still think the process can be manipulated. Multiple accounts can be created.
What I think is needed is a system that eliminates human involvement in collation and also prevents the chances of multiple voting from one individual.
It could work, it could!
That's a complicated question. I live in the US, so my answers are based on that. Yes, I do vote. The system is set up to be fair, and I don't have proof that it's not fair.
There are a number of manipulations that can be used:
1) Fraudulent votes cast
2) Destruction of valid votes
3) Intimidation of voters to prevent them casting votes
4) Preventing valid voters from casting their ballots
There are also options that aren't as blatant such as gerrymandering. This is where politicians re-draw the boundaries of voting areas so that more seats are won for their own party.
Another issue that has come up throughout the years has been that of Voter ID laws. Critics of the proposed laws claim that requiring people to present identification is discrimination. Proponents say that it's not discrimination for people to prove who they say they are. The proponents state that it would cut down on fraudulent votes being cast as numerous times people have been caught on camera claiming to have votes multiple times.
Blockchain's Impact on Voting
Some claim that using blockchain technology could prevent or eliminate voter fraud. There is something to be said for that, but it's not as straightforward.
One of the best things that blockchain technology could do is to keep track of which votes had been cast. This would prevent multiple ballots from being cast by the same person. However, it will not prevent votes from being cast by unauthorized individuals. One issue that needs to be address is the number of votes being cast by deceased individuals. If properly managed, the voter registration ledgers could be set up to only include valid voters.
There would still be an issue of properly identifying the voters. If someone does not have to prove they are who they claim to be, they could still move from polling station to polling station claiming to be different individuals. They could even cast votes as real, valid voters who hadn't voted yet.
tl;dr Yes, blockchain technology could help with managing voting, but there are other issues to addressed before it would be a the magic bullet that some might claim it to be.
I vote third party in U.S. elections and the U.S. presidential elections are set up to favor a two party only race. The problem I have with using blockchain technology in elections is that it undoes the secret ballot and allows the possibility of associating voters with their votes and making that information public. Who I vote for is my business and others such as my neighbors or my employer don't have a need to know who I vote for.
I'm from Venezuela and I've never participated in the elections held in the country, doesn't really help that the country has been under the cloud of dictatorship and fake elections since I was born, The socialist here took power in 1998 when I was barely 3 years old and they consolidated power in 2006 when they changed the constitution to allow for unlimited terms, for me at least that was the day democracy died, so why waste my time queuing to vote for a fake democracy?