Zug, Switzerland, is a hub of welcoming regulation, digital currency acceptance, and blockchain-related events and companies. The local government has consistently extended a friendly hand to crypto-related projects, and its Crypto Valley Association strives to promote the region as “a global center where emerging cryptographic, blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies and businesses can thrive in a safe, supportive, and vibrant environment.” … The results of the survey are nonbinding but will give the city council valuable information about public opinion. The poll will include questions about local matters and digital IDs. Residents will be asked if they would like to use their digital IDs to participate in other government services such as libraries, payment of parking fees, submission of electronic tax returns, and regular referendums.
Voting systems have been pinpointed as a potential use case for blockchain for some time, and many governments and researchers are looking into the possibilities. A pilot for absentee military voters was recently conducted for a West Virginia US primary election and at least one financial enterprise is exploring patents for proxy voting.
However, while some of these experiments may be well and good for local municipalities or companies, Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin has warned against relying on blockchain to conduct national government elections this early in the technology’s development.