Japanese company Layer X will partner with a digital ID app called xID to create a blockchain-based voting system in the Japanese city of Kaga.
In a LayerX report on Thursday, the Tokyo-based company said it will develop an electronic voting project to promote safe and secure elections in the city of 68,000. The company said it needs to consider the cost and stability of the current electronic voting systems in the region.
“Internet voting is fraught with a number of challenges, such as avoiding double voting, technical barriers to keeping ballot papers secret, and the cost of voting equipment,” the company said in a statement. LayerX researched and developed an electronic voting protocol that balances the transparency of the voting process with the confidentiality of the voting protocols.
The company said the xID app will boost the company’s current voting system by helping verify voter identity and making sure only one vote is given to each person. It is reported that LayerX will allow voters to verify their voting results, as well as provide cryptographic capabilities to independently verify the authenticity of registrations and collections for a specific vote on the blockchain network.
Kage officials were the first to declare the region the “blockchain city” in Japan. The initiative reportedly sought to address the shrinking rural population in the country by encouraging companies in the public and private sectors to use innovative technologies. LayerX also made a similar announcement in November when they announced that they would join the Tsukuba Smart City initiative.