Russia is trying to vote on the blockchain again, despite its earlier failures

The Russian telecommunications giant Rostelekom, together with the Russian Ministry of Digital Development and Communications, has tested a blockchain-based voting system developed in cooperation with Waves Enterprise.

As reported by local news sites, 30,000 people took part in the initial test to check the functionality and technical capabilities of the platform. According to Rostelecom spokesmen, during the test, the system worked as intended and did not fail under heavy load.

Apparently, the voices were counted in less than a minute using homomorphic scrambling systems. This method allows you to obtain the same calculation result, even if the underlying data remains encrypted.

Officials noted that the test helped them identify some usability issues. They have since committed that the feedback will be used to make the platform more accessible and intuitive.

The platform will be used for partial parliamentary elections in the Kursk and Yaroslavl Oblasts from 11 to 13 September. On August 31, additional trial elections will be held to finally check the system before its final launch.

These events are a continuation of Russian experiments with blockchain voting. Local elections were held in Moscow in 2019, followed by a controversial referendum on amendments to the constitution in June 2020.

The platform used in the upcoming elections was developed in cooperation with Waves Enterprise and is a completely independent product from previous trials.