Mainstream adoption is the name of the game for cryptocurrency and blockchain in 2018, and it appears that Russia is on the forefront of utilizing the technology in real-world applications.

According to a report from Crypto Street, the 2018 Russian Presidential election will  utilize blockchain technology to record and protect the results of the election:

The official announcement was made on the platform of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTSIOM). The Russian presidential elections will take place on March 18. This event is going to be one of the first of its kind.

According to VTSIOM, the blockchain will only be used to store the information, the data and the results of the exit polls. The Russian institution will work with 2Chain, an agency that provides marketing solutions for initial coin offerings (ICOs). The marketing company will offer its consultations for the day of the elections.

The results of the election will be displayed on a newly created website. According to VTSIOM, the site will be functional starting March 12. The use of blockchain technology in this particular case is a test made by the Russian government, and if the experiment is successful, VTSIOM will start a program dubbed Digital VTSIOM. The creators of the program have stated that the roadmap for the project will begin in 2018 and end in 2021.

Such technology could also come in handy in the United States where election results are often disputed by the losing party.

Moreover, many of the electronic voting systems in the United States leave no paper trail and results could be easily hacked with just $26 and an 8th grade education:

The researchers who developed the hack were actually able to hijack a Diebold Accuvote TS electronic voting machine, one of the most popular voting systems at the time.

Two of the lead researchers in the study were able to demonstrate a number of different ways that voting machines could be hacked. They used a $1.29 microprocessor and a circuit board that costs about $8, along with a $15 remote control.

They demonstrated that the cheap hack worked from over a half-mile away.

“When the voter hits the ‘vote now’ button to register his votes, we can blank the screen and then go back and vote differently and the voter will be unaware that this has happened.”

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With blockchain voting, the system becomes immutable, so changes after a vote is cast become impossible.

We’ll see if establishment politicians in the United States move forward in the same way as the Russians, but we suspect there may be some pushback to the notion of free, fair and verifiable elections.