Indian citizens will soon be able to cast votes from outside their city of registration through a blockchain-based system.
On Feb. 13 The Times of India reported that India’s Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the country hopes to increase voter turnout with a blockchain-based voting solution.
Arora said, in the 2019 elections, 300 million eligible voters did not vote because they were either not politically engaged or were far from where their registered voting district on election day.
The report states that the country has over 450 million migrants that move for work, education, or marriage, but may only do so temporarily, leading most to not bother with re-registering in a new district.
The commissioner said that regulators are collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to develop a blockchain system that would allow citizens to vote remotely.
Arora hopes that the blockchain voting system will be put in place during his tenure, which ends in April 2021, adding that there is a proposal pending with the ministry of law to link voter IDs and citizen ID system Aadhaar.
Apparently, blockchain is being used by the system to allow citizens to vote outside their city of registration while also preventing them from casting multiple votes.