The Japanese company Layer X Labs is developing a blockchain-based e-voting protocol

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Japanese company Layer X has announced the development of an electronic voting system based on a blockchain protocol as part of a broader “Smart City” initiative pursued by Tsukuba City.

The Tokyo-based company announced that the new system will meet the technical requirements of electronic voting, including the prevention of double votes, the accurate storage of voting content, the confidentiality of voters and the management of operational records.

In addition, voters can review their own voting results and check cryptographically that the recording and aggregation processes for the votes on the blockchain network have been carried out correctly.

Layer X stated that its new system will seek to shift towards electronic voting in local governments. It was also indicated that it is working to intensify efforts to solve technical problems related to the digital transformation (DX) of various management services.

Layer X also announced that it will join the Ibaraki Prefecture Smart Council in Tsukuba City to transform Tsukuba into a “Smart City” and move it into the digital age.

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred many countries and local states to develop blockchain-based online voting options. Russia has already experimented with blockchain-based electronic voting and published the source code for the platform on GitHub.

Likewise, the French community of Verneuil-sur-Seine voted on a road project using a blockchain-based app, and the Michigan Democratic Party announced a successful electronic voting experiment using the blockchain-based Voatz platform.