In recent times, voting and polls have suffered from manipulation to suit political, social and corporate agendas. The Hungarian general election of 2018 is one such alleged example where the human rights group Unhack Democracy Europe uncovered evidence of tampering with postal votes, missing ballots, and election software malfunctions. The problem is that with the current centralization and opaqueness of election processes, it’s exceptionally difficult for those on the outside to ‘prove beyond doubt’ that votes have indeed been rigged. That lack of transparency in reporting how people have voted has been a problem for almost as long as humans have held votes or polls.
A Nimiq community member created a first voting app to record votes on the blockchain. Later on, this open source process became part of the Nimiq App ecosystem and got reworked to fit the Nimiq user interface standards. It's now available at nimiq.com/vote.
This voting system is actively used for electing Community Funding Board Representatives who are tasked with selecting community projects extending the app ecosystem. The system is used as well to include the community in fundamental decision making. The key value of this approach is that votes are publicly recorded on the Nimiq blockchain and the integrity of the final vote tally can be double-checked by anybody.
Votes are publicly recorded on the Nimiq blockchain and can be double-checked by anybody.