„The vote will be 100% secure,“ said Avosvotes CEO Florian Ribière.

The French commune of Verneuil-sur-Seine is using blockchain technology to vote on a 50-year-old road project between three towns.

According to the official website of Verneuil-sur-Seine, the commune, as well as the nearby towns of Vernouillet and Chapet, are allowing blockchain votes through the Yveleine based startup Avosvotes from October 1st to 8th. Residents can express their views on a ring road between the towns of Orgeval and Les Mureaux near the Seine River by voting for or against the project.

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The voting application verifies the identity of residents, provides certificates stored in the Tezos block chain as proof that votes were cast through intelligent contracts, and allows real-time tracking of votes. The Verneuil-sur-Seine website states that the consultation will take place simultaneously in all three cities, and that all results will be counted independently.

„In Verneuil-sur-Seine, the decentralised and secure voting tests in the Tezos block chain resulting from the French researchers will make it possible to guarantee the sincerity of the vote,“ said the CEO of Avosvotes, Florian Ribière. „The vote will thus be 100% secure and each voter will be able to check that his or her vote has been taken into account during the digital count“.

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At the time of this edition, the residents of the commune, with a population of approximately 16,000, have cast 476 votes.

Although blockchain voting has been promoted as a solution to counteract electoral fraud and election hacking, the deployments have not always been successful.

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In Italy, blockchain voting in a 2017 election ended at an additional cost and the time needed to publish results. However, organizers of the Michigan Democratic Party’s State Nominations Convention in August reportedly successfully deployed the blockchain voting platform in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions.