A Japanese citizen government has become one of the first in the country to have tested a blockchain-based system that allows residents to vote to decide on local development programs.
The Tsukuba government, a city known for its role in scientific development since 1960, completed the blockchain test on August 28 with 119 votes collected, according to a Japan Times report on Sunday.
Technology was used to select social contributions projects from a pool of proposals focusing on technology applications including the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, based on the government website.
The report states that the system integrates an identity verification machine with a decentralized network. After putting an identity card on the machine for verification, voters continued to select their favorite programs. The system also encrypted and stored the data of its votes through the tamper-proof distributed network.
"I thought it would involve more complicated procedures, but I found it to be minimal and easy," said Tsukuba Mayor Tatsuo Igarashi after he also cast a vote through the system.
A report by Jiji The Saturday news agency said that if the application will prove successful after a further review, the local government plans to extend the service to residents living in areas mountainous, remote islands and foreign countries.
The test is the last case in which governments have generalized registration technology for casting and banning cards.
As previously reported by CoinDesk, the US state of West Virginia will adopt a blockchain-based statewide to help voters absent from the overseas army to vote at a distance in November elections  In March, the municipal government of the Russian capital of Russia, Moscow, launched Digital Home, a service that allows residents of high-rise buildings to vote honestly on issues such as upgrading aspects of buildings or hiring new management companies.
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