The non-profit Association of Independent Public Observers, dubbed "National Public Monitoring" (NOM), announced the pilot at a press conference in Moscow on Friday. NOM federal coordinator Roman Kolomystev, told reporters: “As part of our congress, we are launching a pilot electronic voting system built on a blockchain system."
Russia has been embroiled in trying to pass crypto and blockchain legislation since the beginning of January. This spring saw the State Duma accept a first reading of a package of draft bills concerning crypto and blockchain, but the Russian government has yet to formally approve the statutes as law.
In the U.S., select residents of the state of West Virginia will be able to use a mobile, blockchain-based app for voting in the federal elections this November. The mobile voting platform, Voatz, employes facial recognition software to ensure that each voter matches their government-issued identification. Use of the app will be restricted to members of the armed forces serving overseas.
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