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A French municipality will accept votes on blockchain for a road project

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

The French municipality of Verneuil-sur-Seine is using blockchain technology to allow its inhabitants to vote on a consultation on a road project that has been planned for 50 years and involves three cities.

According to the official website of Verneuil-sur-Seine, from 1 to 8 October, the municipality and neighbouring villages of Vernouillet and Chapet enabled blockchain voting through the Avosvotes startup, based in the Yvelines region. Residents can express their opinions on a road linking the villages of Orgeval and Les Mureaux along the Seine, voting for or against the project.

The blockchain voting app verifies residents‘ identities, provides certificates stored on the Tezos blockchain as proof that votes were cast through smart contracts, and allows real-time monitoring of votes as they are collected. The Verneuil-sur-Seine website specifies that the consultation will take place simultaneously in the three municipalities, and all results will be counted independently.

„In Verneuil-sur-Seine, the decentralised and secure voting tests on the blockchain provided by the French Tezos researchers will ensure the legitimacy of the vote,“ commented Florian Ribière, CEO of Avosvotes. „The vote will therefore be 100% secure and each voter will be able to verify that his or her vote was considered during the digital count.

At the time of writing, the residents of the municipality, with a Bitcoin Compass population of around 16,000, cast 487 votes.

Although blockchain voting has been advertised as a solution to counter electoral fraud and cyber attacks, its implementations have not always been successful. In Italy, the blockchain vote in a 2017 election ended with additional costs and time to publish the results. However, in August, the organizers of the Michigan Democratic Party State Nominating Convention successfully used the blockchain Voatz voting platform to address the restrictive measures related to COVID-19.