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This is The Block. What would the world be like if elections were guaranteed fraud-free, with one-vot

The Block

November 6 · Issue #67 · View online
Weekly curated #cryptocurrency news and commentary.

This is The Block. What would the world be like if elections were guaranteed fraud-free, with one-vote per person, instantly updated across the network, anonymous and verified authentic? Would that change the equation of how we view our democratic participation? Would turnout increase? Would we see more trust in the outcomes?
Blockchain has long been held as a potential solution to various challenges facing countries with free and fair elections, but what would that look like, and what are the pitfalls that await a technology-centric approach to what are emotionally fraught events? Should we cede such important pieces of our democracy to a trust-less, decentralized mechanism? Are we ready to let crypto disrupt a cherished and hallowed part of our republic?
Lots of questions, and a few answers below. If you haven’t voted, get out and do so, but make sure you understand the candidates’ positions and any ballot measures, props, or amendments in your locales. It’s important not just to vote, but to understand WHAT you’re voting on!

Links of Note
How Can We Increase Voter Turnout? Bitcoin May Be The Answer.
Beto is bigger than bitcoin and Beyoncé on Google but trails Cruz in Texas
Is Bitcoin Secretly Messing with the Midterms?
Can Blockchain Voting Protect Election Integrity?
West Virginians abroad in 29 countries have voted by mobile device, in the biggest blockchain-based voting test ever
Hackers reportedly target election officials, voter data ahead of midterms
Why Applying the Blockchain to Voting Is Too Risky
Blockchain-based elections would be a disaster for democracy
No, blockchain isn't the answer to our voting system woes
Some Crypto Researches Say Blockchain Might Make Voting Worse -- Not Better
That’s it for today. Go Democracy!
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