Open And Fair Elections

in Deep Dives2 months ago

As if there hasn't been enough commotion around the U.S. elections over the past couple of months, today there is yet another election. This time only in the state of Georgia, where two Republican candidates face off against their Democratic challengers.


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source: YouTube

I won't go into the specifics about these elections and only say that they are very important, as they will essentially decide which party will control the Senate for the coming two years. The Democrats will win that right only if both their candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, win these Senate runoff elections against their adversaries, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler respectively. The Democrats do have the advantage of running against candidates whose party leader, Donald Trump, has been spreading lies, fear and doubt about elections in the U.S. Even before the general elections of last year started, he's been spreading these wild stories about rigged elections, election fraud, unlawful mail in ballots, voting machine software, and so on; this man is incapable of accepting loss or ever admitting he's been wrong about anything, not only as president, but in all of his adult life.

I'm here today to say to all those who don't trust the elections, who have severe doubts about the election process, that there is a perfect solution to all of this. That solution is blockchain technology. If you're at all familiar with bitcoin or cryptocurrencies in general, you already know that everything that is stored on the blockchain is immutable, and stored there forever; this is cryptocurrency's great strength. It cuts out the middle man called "the bank", because of this immutability. It means that regular persons, like you and I, can make and receive payments to and from each other without the need of an intermediary that acts like the "trusted" middle man. Every transaction is encrypted and saved on the blockchain and in principle open and visible for anyone to see. Here on Hive and Steemit we already know this to be true, as anyone here can see the contents of anyone else's wallet; only when we choose to power down and transfer the tokens to a private wallet of which we own the private keys ourselves, the tokens aren't visible anymore.

The combination of sequential hashing and cryptography in a distributed structure allows for the protection of voters’ identity and the verification of absolutely all votes entered in the blockchain platform, which can enable secure and transparent voting mechanisms with electoral vote monitoring.

Imagine how good it would be to check if your vote was actually counted for the candidate chosen by you, with the absolute guarantee of the secrecy of your vote? All of this is possible with blockchain technology.
source: cointelegraph

That quote from the cointelegraph article "Blockchain voting is the alternative for trusted democratic elections", published on November 14 2020, is all you need to know really. Do not believe however that most politicians will advocate for this much needed revolution; most of them don't really want "open and fair" elections, they just want to stay in power. And Donald Trump, the Great Leader of which his trusty cult-members keep saying is fighting for their freedoms, is one of the greatest adversaries of cryptocurrencies and other blockchain related use-cases. It's baffling that so many of the most fervent Trump supporters are found within the cryptocurrency community. As a reminder, here's one of Trump's little twitter-storms from July 12 2019:

I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity....

....Similarly, Facebook Libra’s “virtual currency” will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National...

...and International. We have only one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever, both dependable and reliable. It is by far the most dominant currency anywhere in the World, and it will always stay that way. It is called the United States Dollar!
source: Twitter - @realDonaldTrump

Like... So, the U.S. Dollar is NOT based on thin air? This man is a clown. A dangerous and powerful one, sure, but a clown nonetheless. Watch the short video that explains why and how blockchain technology is ideal for achieving fair, open and decentralized elections. Decentralized is the key word here; there's no single server that can be hacked or otherwise controlled to alter the votes. Really, the solution is simple and it's already here, as always it's only the political will that's lacking. Especially on the Republican side, as they would never again win an election if everyone would be able to vote from their chair in the living room, and all the work they've done to close polling stations and gerrymandering would immediately go to waste; so don't hold your breath.


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I totally agree Blockchain is the solution for voting. But there are still a lot of closed minds. Hopefully, that will change as crypto and blockchain become more mainstream.

Yes, we'll need a lot more open minds to ever get this done. Let's hope this latest wild bull-run on bitcoin is a first step in that direction :-)

Thanks so much for responding @cryptocanny, it's much appreciated :-)

Yw @zyx066 :-)

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