In an interview with Cointelegraph, Charles Hoskinson suggested that a Cardano-based solution could enable blockchain voting for future national elections. He said: “I just do not think – we are building the infrastructure for it.”
Hoskinson acknowledged that the path to Cardano’s election would be gradual and would require a series of lawsuits. He suggested starting with third parties who use the network in primary, before moving on to municipal and state elections. From there, he suggested that the network could be used in national elections in countries with outdated systems:
I think it is very likely that in three to five years we will be able to return this test and sell it to, for example, the Ethiopian government or the Georgian government. They are looking for new voting systems because they have many problems with census, registration and new and free elections. ”
He also noted that IOHK has an entire team from Lancaster, England that regularly publishes papers on electronic voting. However, Hoskinson acknowledged that it would be difficult to expand the blockchain-based voting system. Building a platform that focuses enough on privacy and auditing will require a lot of investment in cryptography:
“If you only had a big choice when you did not care about privacy, you count the votes, and you can serve a billion people. When you need a choice where I can confirm it, but I can not prove who I voted out, but at least I know my vote counts and I want my privacy and I need it. “A voting … is in a situation where you go from billions to thousands and you have to separate them. ”
Meanwhile, Project Catalyst allowed entrepreneurs in Cardano to propose community projects for funding. Catalyst paves the way for the type of chain management that can be expected to take place when Cardano enters the Voltaire era.