A new legislative proposal submitted in Maine’s Senate would create a commission dedicated to studying the use of blockchain alongside paper ballots in elections.
Dated 9th March, the proposal outlines a "Commission to Study 13 Using Blockchain Technology in Conjunction with Paper Ballots in Maine Elections", which would be comprised of nine state lawmakers, as well as representatives for the Maine Secretary of State and the Attorney General. The measure is sponsored by Senator Eric Brakey.
The proposal states that:
The commission, if approved, will be tasked with developing a report on the subject, to be delivered no later than 7th December.
In recent days, a South Korean provincial government tapped technology developed by blockchain startup Blocko to conduct a vote focused on community aid projects.
The use case was also the subject of an EU Parliament research report that explored blockchain-based voting, including the use of the bitcoin blockchain for this purpose.
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