Secure Online Blockchain Voting
Verifiable, Accurate, Secure, and Transparent | Blockchain for Voting
Blockchain applications specifically address one of the most difficult factors challenging electoral integrity – the trust model. Blockchain ensures trust is distributed amongst a set of mutually distrustful parties, all of whom are potentially adversarial, that participate in jointly managing and maintaining the cryptographically secure digital trail of the election. By distributing trust in this way, blockchains create a trustless environment whereby the amount of trust required from those participating in an election is minimized.
Blockchain voting allows for every participant in the network to verify every transaction written to the digital audit trail. This is advantageous in online voting systems as it means end-to-end verification of the election happens on a rolling, ongoing basis during the election process itself. While the use of blockchain in voting allows for ongoing verification of an in-process election, it also allows for a retrospective end-to-end verification of all election activities after the election has finished. Elections administered using Votem’s blockchain voting system could be recreated in context and verified indefinitely after the end of the election by validating the results and all signed vote transactions.
Furthermore, blockchain voting means that every action that transpires, verified in real-time by the entirety of the network, is inviolable once the transaction that represents that action is written to the blockchain. Every action by a voter is fully visible to the voter and to every node at any time, maximizing visibility into an ongoing election without sacrificing the voter’s anonymity.
Votem takes security seriously.
We are fully committed to go the extra mile to surpass the standard of security requested by our customers, set by industry and mandated by law – Votem sets a high bar and we hold ourselves to it.
At every stage of development, from idea conception, to design, to prototyping, to delivery and implementation, to maintenance, security is a fundamental requisite. Despite the measures Votem has taken to maximize security, we recognize the possibility of vulnerabilities and have established policies and procedures that prepare our organization to both prevent and proactively detect signs of intrusion and malicious activity.
Blockchain is not a panacea, however, with encryption that exceeds most governments and financial institutions, our blockchain-enabled online voting system distributes recorded ballots on a ledger distributed across our network of trusted voting authority partners. The implementation of this blockchain voting framework has afforded us a level of data consistency and security many orders of magnitude superior to ordinary data storage and retrieval solutions and beyond the standards widely held today.
Votem is constantly vigilant and developing new security procedures and cryptographic protocols to mitigate the threats from an ever-changing network environment.
Complete Confidence from End-to-End Verifiability
By applying the pertinent properties of blockchains for online voting, Votem’s cryptographically secure Proof of Vote protocol is able to guarantee:
- Independently Verified Results: In traditional paper ballot voting, the voter must trust the poll workers and local election officials to ensure that their vote is recorded. Blockchain networks allow for multiple nodes to independently ensure that the vote is recorded.
- Vote Accuracy Immune from Compromise: In traditional paper ballot voting, the voter must trust the poll workers, and local election officials to ensure that their vote is not tampered with. Blockchain networks enforce immutability through the cryptographic integrity of Merkle trees and chained references.
- Public End-To-End Verifiability: In traditional paper ballot voting, the voter has no means to verify that their vote is counted in the final tally. Blockchain allows voters, as well as independent auditors, to independently verify that their vote has been collected and will be included in the final tally.
Efficacy of elections are improved as election integrity can be ensured, confidentiality of voters’ choices can be ensured, and the validity of the results can be ensured. See how our open-source, vetted Proof of Vote® Protocol lays the technological foundation for verifiable elections, accessible elections, secure election, and transparent elections.