Blockchain Voting Could Help in Avoiding Cases Like Iowa Caucuses Coin Toss

Javeria  |  Feb 6, 2020

The recent incident in Iowa caucuses due to their reliance on gimmicks like coin tosses to determine the winner of an election glares the need for a better solution. There is a need for a transparent and immutable voting system in such places that can be provided by blockchain tech only.

The caucus seems to cause controversies every time. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won all six coin tosses against Bernie Sanders and was awarded delegates. Despite the changes made since 2016, the process is still a sloppy mess in 2020. In fact, as everyone is still waiting for the complete results, it appears that the incompetence this year is even worse.

Once again, the delegate count is being decided by coin tosses without any real protocol. The results are being delayed, with only 70% announced despite the primary being on Monday. It is clear that there’s no trust left in the process, as Bernie Sanders campaign is counting its votes independently.

Blockchain Voting Is The Solution To Iowa’s Caucus Controversies

In Blockchain Voting, nobody has to trust anyone properly. The motive is to create a trustless system that will be not only transparent, and accessible easily but also unchangeable. The solution is arguably blockchain technology which is the exact conclusion drawn by Bruce Fenton, Chainstone Labs CEO.

I used to think blockchain voting was a dumb idea, then I heard from some companies working on this & saw potential use cases and advantages

It’s not perfect — but this is the system it’s replacing: someone looking at a coin, turning it over & calling it

So the question is, how would blockchain voting be beneficial in the caucus process. First of all, there would be no possible way for entities to tamper voter rolls and then it would be a transparent procedure with real-time access to the voting counts.

The idea of Blockchain voting had always attracted people globally after the local elections in Australia tried the method themselves. So far, only presidential candidate Andrew Yang has committed himself to the idea. He wrote that Americans should have the ability to vote from their mobile phones where the verification would be done through blockchain. Given the last two go-arounds of Iowa’s primary, it seems to be the right time to pilot Blockchain-based voting.

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