Electronic Voting Powered by Blockchain Technology Launching in Moscow

Moscow says it is tapping blockchain, the technology underpinning the crypto currency Bitcoin (BTC), to ensure the security and transparency of its voting process. According to the official news portal of the Moscow Mayor, citizens with permanent registration in Moscow who are over 18 years old can use the blockchain-based system to vote for or against proposed changes to the Russian constitution on June 30th.

Those who want to use the electronic voting system need to register online. The system will cross-check the information submitted during registration with those in the centralized database of voters to identify applicants who will be eligible to participate in the electronic voting.

If approved, the proposed constitutional amendments will extend the term of Russian President Vladimir Putin until 2036. Otherwise, he is supposed to leave his post in 2024.