Written by Logan

On November 3, 2020

Securing Elections with Proton – Free, Fast, and Fair

Voting is a fundamental part of every democracy, and for good reason: the idea that the people have the ability to choose their leaders is powerful. Few other systems of government allow the people to have this sort of direct influence over the course of their nation, and voting is the purest reflection of that influence.

For this reason, the exact mechanism by which people cast their vote during elections has evolved and changed over time. Some countries do it a little different; for example, in Gambia, voters use marbles instead of ballots to show their selection. However, in America, voters use a system of ballots to make their vote count.

Ballots in America take a few different forms. Some voters use absentee or mail-in ballots; these often require that you register to vote, prove your identity when requesting the ballot, and then provide verifiable identifying information when submitting your ballot.

When your ballot is received by mail, if any of these bits of information do not match up with what is recorded in the government’s records, your vote could be tossed out. Voting in-person requires similar levels of information, with the added headache of waiting in line to cast your vote – which can sometimes take hours out of your day.

We know there’s a better way to vote in elections – and Proton is that solution.

Blockchain technology has provided a way to conduct free, fair, and reliable elections; Proton is the perfect example of how this can work. With Proton, voter information can be recorded and verified on the blockchain, their vote can be received, and their choice can be counted instantly.

Proton’s blockchain allows voters to cast their vote from home or on the go while simultaneously verifying that they have not previously voted in the same election – no double-dipping, no fraud, no ballot-stuffing.

We’ve created a video showing how easy this process is using Proton, but here’s a quick rundown:

Step 1: Visit the election demo website, connect your Proton app by scanning the QR code

Step 2: Authorize the election website to access your personal information

Step 3: Take a picture of a valid photo ID

Step 4: Save a copy of your public and private keys, for safekeeping

Step 5: Pick your candidate

Step 6: Confirm your vote!

Casting votes via Proton takes less than 30 seconds and minimizes the risk of fraud while maximizing the accessibility of our elections. Additionally Proton allows votes to be counted in real-time; when every vote is automatically tracked via blockchain technology, there’s no need to do recounts or check votes manually.

Voting via Proton is also completely private; while your response is recorded, which candidate you voted for will never be tied to your identity. Elections should be fast, secure, and accessible – Proton was designed to ensure this can become a reality.

We are already in talks with government officials about the power that Proton can bring for future elections. The 2022 and 2024 United States elections can be fundamentally better if Proton is incorporated into the process, and we’re ready and willing to help however we can. If you’d like to get involved and help advocate for future elections to be based on blockchain technology, check out our step-by-step guide to contacting elected officials here.

As always, everything we do with Proton is fully transparent. This voting demonstration is open source and available for developers around the world to watch, play with, and use themselves.

Cryptocurrency was invented to solve problems and make life better. This first decade of our industry has been spent proving that this technology works; now, it’s time to put cryptocurrency to the test. With the use of Proton, we can ensure future elections include everyone’s voice in a way that is free, fair, and fast.

Have more questions about what Proton is or what it can do? Check out the Proton section of our website. You can also follow us on Twitter to catch the latest news and updates about Proton and the future of voting.

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