There is a lot of optimism, but Hoskinson himself recognises that it is not easy to scale a decentralised electronic voting system.
In an interview with Cointelegraph, Charles Hoskinson suggested that a solution based on Cardano’s blockchain could make on-chain voting possible in future national elections:
„Personally, not only do I believe in such a solution on a theoretical level, but we have already built infrastructure to do so.
Hoskinson acknowledges that the road to a Cardan-based election round will be slow, gradual, and will require a series of experiments: he suggested that we could start with the use of the network for primaries, before moving on to municipal and state elections. From there, Hoskinson hypothesized that the network could be implemented in national elections for countries that have difficulties with traditional systems:
„I think it is entirely possible in three to five years‘ time to take that system back and sell it to the government of Ethiopia, for example, or to the government of Georgia. Countries like these are looking for new voting systems because they have many problems with the census and registration of voters, and in general to organize free elections“.
The leader of Cardano also pointed out that IOHK has an entire team in Lancaster, England, which regularly publishes research on electronic voting. Hoskinson admitted, however, that climbing a Immediate Bitcoin-based voting system would be complicated. Creating a platform that is sufficiently focused on privacy and verifiability would require enormous programming effort:
„If you are organizing a general election where you don’t care about privacy, i.e. if you just have to count the votes, then you can put as many as a billion people on it.
But instead we want an election where the result is verifiable, i.e. a situation where a third party cannot know which candidate I voted for, but it is certain that my vote has been counted and that my privacy has been respected. In this case, then, we find ourselves in a situation in which we go from billions to thousands of billions of data, and we need to do sharding“.
Meanwhile, Project Catalyst has allowed entrepreneurs working on Cardano to submit projects to the community for funding. Catalyst wants to build the foundations of an on-chain governance path that Cardano plans to fully implement when the next update, Voltaire, is launched.