Participatory budgeting voting in the Nizhny Novgorod region
Residents decide what to spend the regional budget on.
The project "You decide" heralds a new practice in participatory budgeting. It involves the use of budgetary funds only, without any co-financing from residents or sponsors.

Yuri Shalabaev
Deputy Minister of Finance,
Nizhny Novgorod Region
"The Polys online voting system made it possible to conduct a large-scale pilot vote for budgeting projects and bring municipal relations to new level."
Lack of communication between residents and authorities
The project was initiated by the head of the region, Gleb Nikitin, in order to improve communication between residents of the region and the municipal government, and was the first project of its kind in Nizhny Novgorod region. All the local districts prepared proposals that the money from the regional treasury could be spent on.
Polys Pilot Voting
Voting took place on a special blockchain platform and lasted 15 days. Voters entered a mobile phone number on the site and logged in using a code sent via text message. Residents could vote for one project in each district. This was done on the assumption that people are not only interested in projects in their immediate vicinity but also in areas where relatives and friends live.
More than 160 thousand people voted
A total of 161,391 people took part in the voting, while 250,473 votes were counted. The organizers gave a positive assessment of voter participation; in some areas, turnout exceeded 30%.