Online voting has long been a dream for many, indeed, it is conspicuous throughout science fiction as something we aspire to. However, until now the idea of using modern communication technology to provide instant voting has been let down by the infrastructure we have. The worry of proving identity, ensuring voting anonymity and keeping the process secure enough have provided a barrier to any such idea. However, Flux, a new political party in Australia is hoping to change all of that by using blockchain technology as a platform for its app based voting system.
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Democracy has taken a bit of a beating over the last few months, with arguments and challenges in the U.S. and the British referendum on being in or out of the European Union seeing by many to have ended with the ‘wrong’ conclusion, voters seem disillusioned across the world. However, as Bitcoin and new ideas are trying to transform the way we view and think about currencies, a new political party in Australia, are seeking to transform how we view democracy itself. In both cases, using the same underlying technology that we know as blockchain.
The core of the idea is the Flux app which is built entirely on the blockchain platform, and seeks to offer a direct line to the Flux representatives in parliament. The idea is that, once proven as registered Australian Voters, Australian users will be able to interact with elected senators informing them how they wish the representative to vote in parliament.
Each Australian enrolled onto the app will receive one vote for each bill that is placed before parliament, with the Flux elected representative voting based on the way the app voting shows. Users will be able to trade votes with others on topics they are not as interested in for topics that they feel strongly about, increasing their influence by having more votes for that issue.
The initial step into this new world of what could probably be called direct democracy takes place on July 2nd, where the Flux Party will put up 13 candidates for the federal elections to choose Australia’s Senate. The next question is how well will it be received by the voting public.
Blockchain is the platform for the system as it solves the online voting problems that have always held back the idea, allowing verification of the user, secrecy of the ballot and the high security that is associated with blockchain to provide incorruptible results. This really does represent a potential future for us all, and while the idea of voting digitally and instantly without all the bureaucracy that inevitably surrounds elections has always been a part of science fiction, blockchain is the technology that could finally make it possible for everyone.