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Tezos Blockchain technology is used by a French city for voting on a local project

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by Dennis Ramos

New uses of Blockchain technologies have been happening around the world, and one shining example of it is France. A city in France is apparently putting to use the Tezos Blockchain technology for voting purposes on a decision pertaining to road planning. The voting period has already started on October 1’st and will last till October 8th. This is a fresh perspective on how blockchain solutions are being applied in the case of voting and democracy. 

The city that we are talking about is Verneuil-sur-Seine, in Yvelines, France which is voting on a 60 year-long road project. The execution of the vote is taking place through the  Avosvotes application based on the Tezos blockchain. 

The proposed road project is very important for the city and the vote is 60 years in the making. The road in question called the RD 154 will cross the localities and congregations of Vernouillet and Verneuil-sur-Seine. The new road will have an indelible positive impact on the development vision of the region. It has the innate potential to impact the entire vision of France’s Yvelines region. And today the voting is being made possible after years and years of planning and deliberations. Now, the voting is open and it is through the Tezos blockchain, one of the first used for city planning or for a democratic voting system. 

The CEO of Avosvotes Florian Ribiere said in one of the statements, 

“In Verneuil-sur-Seine, the decentralized and secure voting evidence on the blockchain—resulting from French researchers at Tezos—will make it possible to guarantee the sincerity of the ballot,”

Avosvotes which is a Tezos Blockchain application has been put into application for the voters to make their decisions. During the voting process, all the individuals who are voting will be verified through a manual process. Whenever a vote will be registered, the proof of that particular vote automatically comes in the form of a certificate stored on the Tezos Blockchain. It is possible to track the voting participation process in real-time. This will be available for whosoever is interested in tracking it. 

A democratical process of voting is considered the best to give the liberty of decision making to people but the system is also marred by several barriers. With many voting booths meeting with poor turnouts, there are other problems also which prevent the voting process from happening. A major problem is voter fraud and that is rampant everywhere. Blockchain is paving the way for a direct democracy where people can decide the course of policy themselves. The use cases for blockchain-based voting are diverse. Its ability to engage and manage is important for the future of society. This is not just to produce a transparent outcome but also to encourage all people to participate in their communities. 

“The vote will be 100% secure and each voter will be able to check that their vote has been taken into account during the digital count,” added Ribiere about voting frauds and the use of blockchain technology to overcome it.