Blockchain technology is unsuitable for use in voting systems until they are verified as secure, a scientific report has warned. The study, from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, concludes that internet-based voting systems are not ready for current use, although they “may seem promising” for use in the future. “Insecure internet voting is possible now, but the risks currently associated with internet voting are more significant than the benefits,” the report reads. “Secure internet voting will likely not be feasible in the near future.
“While the notion f using a blockchain as an immutable ballot box may seem promising, blockchain technology does little to solve the fundamental security issues of elections and, indeed, blockchains introduce additional security vulnerabilities… Blockchains are decentralised, but elections are inherently centralised.”
There have been many reports of countries interested in using blockchain tech for voting systems, including Switzerland – where ‘crypto valley’ aka the city of Zug announced a trial test in June.