After Wednesday's announcement that Geneva has shelved its evocation plans, South Korea's unveiling are completing blockchain-based votes and recent evocation tests in West Virginia during the American midterms, it seems that blockchain-based voting is becoming popular when it comes to municipalities that make decisions about whether to use and invest in decentralized voting.
Most residents of Zug, Switzerland, endorse the electronic vote guaranteed by blockchain technology as it makes the vote faster and easier than traditional ballots, according to those who participated in the country's first blockchain e-vote last summer .
The City of Zug, the Blockchain Lab of the Hochschule Luzern and Luxoft, published today a report evaluating the results of the electronic vote in Zug. The report highlights the benefits of decentralized voting, outlines the basic architecture of the blockchain-based system and analyzes the experience of residents who participated in the vote.
More than 220 people in Zug have a digital ID registered and are entitled to vote on the platform, and almost 100 have responded to the poll conducted by the City, following the blockchain-based municipal vote on June 25 and July 1.
The results reveal that most residents accept the prospect of multiple blockchain-based electronic votes; 79% are in favor of using electronic voting in the city, with only 2% against. Furthermore, 52% agree that e-voting should be introduced to make voting easier and faster than a vote. Despite the high level of approval among residents, some remain skeptical about the security of electronic voting. While 21% believe that blockchain technology makes electronic voting safer, 16% have security problems.
The voters praised every element of the voting solution built by Luxoft, from the verification to the use of private keys. Many voters have noted that not enough has been done to increase awareness of the electoral process to increase participation. This is reflected in the fact that of the residents who participated, 75% already had a digital ID and only 25% needed to acquire a digital ID to vote. The residents therefore accept that the option to vote by mail in addition to electronic voting is still necessary until further progress is made.
The president of the city of Zug, Dolfi Müller, welcomed the feedback and commented: "It is nice to see that, despite some minor difficulties, many people in Zug are happy to live in such an innovative community and look forward to further research and developments in the field of digital ID technology and blockchain. "
"It is clear from this report that voters in Switzerland today recognize the value in the use of a blockchain-based electronic voting system", said Vasily Suvorov, Luxoft's Chief Technology Officer. "While the technology that underlies this system is extremely complex, residents have agreed that the platform was simple and practical to use.This is a platform that makes it easy for people to interact with blockchain on a daily basis."
The dott. Alex Denzler, director of the Blockchain Lab at the Hochschule Luzern, said: "There is still much progress to be made before these systems are implemented globally.All partners integrated into the blockchain-based electronic voting system continue to work together to become a reliable and reliable solution for voters everywhere ".
 There are 220 residents in Zug with digital identities. 72 took part in the vote between June 25 and July 1, and 95 responded to the city's survey after the vote to provide feedback on the electronic voting guaranteed by the blockchain technology and the voting process.