On Tuesday, February 26, officials in Moscow, Russia, submitted a bill focused ∏on using blockchain technology for elections toí the Moscow City Duma,▇█ ∶the regional parliament, accじording to an arΥticl┊┋e published in Tass.
The anЩnouncement was made by the bill's co-author, Dmitry Vyatkin, who is deputy of the United Russia political party. According to Vyatkin, votes ￥will be cast on the mos.ru electr*onic portal, which is where the majority of Muscovites who have t▓he right to vote are registered. These votes, along with the personal information of every vot⊕er↕, will then be stored in sepa⿰rate 〡places on a】 blКockchaiяn platform. Vyatkin suggests that s♂toring voter identity and election data separately will help to fight voter fraud facilitatedⓞ by △"dirty electↅion technologies" and help keep votes anon⊙ymou≮s.Ы
The new blockchain platform will be compatible with the existing "⌒GAS-election system." T∈he goal is for it to be ready prior to the start of election campaigns and before voting dates are announced. The new form of storing voter and election data will be in compli‖∠ance with all existing laws.
Russiσa has e◈xperim|ented with blockchain voting in the past.※ In December 2017, the government of Moscow announced a pilot project intend₪큐ed to phase out █its Active Citizen votin╜g system in υfavor of an Ethereum-based blockchain platform. In Mar◥ch 2018, the state-run All-Russ℉ian▋ Public Opinion Research Center announced its ๑pla#ns to record the resu々lts of presidential election♧ exit polls on a blockchain platform.β Just a few weeks later, Ella Pamfilova,Л the head of the ┙Central Election Commission ♤of Russia, pitched to Ruǐssian president Vladimir Putin the idea of managing the data of the 2024 presidential election Ⅹon an Ethereum-based blockchain platfo■rm .