Youth Election Commission of the Saratov region
The Youth Election Commission of the Saratov region is a permanent advisory body to the electoral commission of the Saratov region.
Elections of deputies to the Youth Parliament under the Saratov Regional Duma
Participants voted via Polys on their own mobile devices or on devices installed at 110 polling stations.
More than 40,000 people took part, making it the largest ever online vote to make use of blockchain technology.
Online voting with Polys
Organizing, conducting and counting a traditional vote at this level would have taken several weeks for the election commission; on the Polys platform the whole process took just seven hours, including the counting of votes. The results were announced immediately after voting ended. Average online turnout was 36%.
Voters were given special ticket with a link to the vote (in the form of a QR code) and a personal password for authorization. After authorization, a voter could cast their vote for a candidate, while the interim results remained unknown to both the voters and the election commission.
Thanks to Polys, we simultaneously held votes in more than 45 electoral districts. The use of online voting resulted in a significant increase in young people interested in participating in the project. As well as electing deputies, we held a referendum on the use of online voting based on blockchain technology for future elections at all levels – 83% were in favor.
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