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Expanse Launches Demo for New Blockchain Voting Platform

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The Expanse Project has announced the development of a blockchain-based voting platform, which, according to developers, has “the potential to change the dynamics of future elections.”

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Expanse Wants to Take Voting to the Blockchain

According to a press release, this new project will provide voting services secured by an immutable blockchain. By virtue of the blockchain technology, said the Expanse team, their voting protocol will store voting data forever in a tamper-proof manner that is accessible across the globe.

This platform reportedly makes voting easier, while making it harder to get away with voter fraud.

As stated in the press release: “If anyone were to cheat, that cheat would also be recorded on the blockchain to ferret out later,” suggesting that fraudulent voters would have no way to conceal their crimes.

If the voting system functions as advertised, it would bring a significant overhaul to the current voting mechanism in most developed, democratic countries, which have been the subject of criticism as of late — especially in the U.S.

“The current voting systems people use are archaic and have absurdities like ‘hanging chads,’ with people counting and recounting.” said Expanse co-founder and lead developer Christopher Franko.

“The [election] results continually come into question, and all indications are that the results of this year’s U.S. presidential election will be particularly dubious.”

Keeping the 2016 presidential election in mind, Franko speculated that the U.S.’ current political situation provides an opportunity to tout the benefits of blockchain-based voting.

“Election night is coming soon for the U.S.,” he said, “so now is a great time to talk about the advantages of voting using the Expanse blockchain.”

Developers have released a demo version of the voting platform so people can get a feel for how blockchain-based voting might work in a real-world implementation. As development continues and the service becomes more functional, the Expanse team plans to add an identity system to make real voting scenarios using the technology more plausible.

 What do you think about the Expanse project? Let us know in the comments below. 


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Follow My Vote Launches Kickstarter For Blockchain Voting Project

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Follow My Vote Launches Kickstarter For Blockchain Voting Project

Blockchain voting service provider Follow My Vote (FMV) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the development of open source blockchain voting software.

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Hosted on Kickstarter, this crowdfunding campaign is aimed at funding a blockchain voting project that hopes “to bring transparency, convenience, and security to all kinds of polls and electoral procedures.”

The proposed Follow My Vote platform hopes to “introduce more transparency into the elections without compromising voter privacy while ensuring the accuracy of the election results. To provide such a service, FMV plans to use blockchain technology and elliptic curve cryptography for its platform, which it says will be “secure and truly verifiable from end to end.”

FMV Co-founder and CEO Adam Kaleb Ernest commented on his dedication to this project:

“I have poured my life savings into Follow My Vote. When that wasn’t enough, I cashed out my 401K and maxed out my credit cards. We are so close to making history, I can feel it in my bones. I am confident that my fellow Millennials will find it in their hearts to fund this campaign so that we can get the job done.”

The FMV team believes that blockchain technology will greatly improve the state of voting, which FMV says “is filled with accusations of illegitimacy.” Kammi Foote, a representative from the Inyo County, California Registrar of voters, agrees with FMV’s vision, saying:

“The future of government is in open-source technologies and providing transparent election results will aid to restoring faith in vote counting. I support efforts, like those used by Follow My Vote, that explore how open-source software can lead to greater transparency, integrity and participation in voting.”

Those interested in funding the Follow My Vote’s initiative can do so at the following link to the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Follow My Vote plans to demonstrate their game-changing technology by hosting an election in parallel to the United States 2016 Presidential Election.

About Follow My Vote

Follow My Vote is a secure and transparent online voting solution platform for the modern age. It was started by a team of innovators with the mission of using blockchain technology to revolutionize today’s obsolete and vulnerable voting systems. The company is currently operating from a shared space in Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center and it is a member of California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO), an organization supporting the use of open source technology to improve the electoral process and Open Source Initiative (OSI).

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