Line Up At The Polls For Netvote’s Transformational Blockchain Voting Platform

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Open source voting platform, Netvote, announces project availability and founding blockchain advisory board and election advisory council.

Voting is notorious even in the world’s most sophisticated group decision making systems. Voter intimidation, high costs, and voter apathy plague election processes. Questions of legitimacy and accuracy continually arise in the wake of elections, both large and small; in government and also within elections for shareholders, unions, and nongovernmental organizations.

What if there was a solution that provided affordability, security and verifiability to systems in desperate need of improvement?

Netvote will deliver blockchain technology to solve voting’s most challenging roadblocks. The platform will rely on the immutable ledger to improve the way votes are cast and grant anyone the ability to verify and audit results. Voting with Netvote will protect voter anonymity, guard against double-voting, and allow elections to be conducted in areas with distributed populations and limited network infrastructure. Most recently, Netvote announced that their 100% open source code project has entered into testing and will soon allow election bodies to bring these safeguards into effect.

Netvote also brings with them three founding advisors with deep blockchain experience, Lee Carter, Ralf Gerteis, and Lukas Sieber, and two advisors with decades of experience in electoral systems worldwide, Jeffrey Phillips and Amy Hamblin.

According to Lee Carter, “Netvote has the power to transform elections on a massive scale. Voting has often been discussed as a canonical application for blockchain, and Netvote has the technical vision and founding team to make this reality.” Carter is Principal at blockchain investor Reflective Venture Partners in Seattle, Washington, and founder of Elysian Ventures. His background includes serving as the Director of Finance & HR at Geli, the Lead Investment Analyst at Invested Development, as well as funding projects focused on decentralized energy in emerging markets. Carter entered the blockchain space in 2013 focusing on remittances and financial service solution in East Africa.

Ralf Gerteis is a seasoned entrepreneur and internationalization expert based in Zug, Switzerland. He has a deep background in fundraising, channel management, and business development. Gerteis now focuses exclusively on blockchain and has successfully guided a number of high-potential start-ups in the blockchain space. Gerteis says, “I was fascinated from the beginning by Netvote. For me it is the best, most secure and thought-through blockchain-based and democratic voting concept with intelligent incentivisation schemes, a team of top experts and real potential to revolutionize the status quo.”

Lukas Sieber adds, “I’ve been involved with and reviewed other blockchain voting projects. Netvote is different. The combination of smart technology and sound token economics has the potential to truly disrupt the way elections are run.” Sieber brings a powerful combination of political science and blockchain experience to the board. He worked at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. and was responsible for all public diplomacy activities and programs for the Swiss government throughout the United States. He now acts as Executive Director North America of Greater Zurich Area, the official investment support agency of Zurich and surrounding areas. Additionally, he co-founded the Mindfire Foundation, a blockchain-based program to decode the principles of human intelligence.

Jeffrey Phillips, secretary of Netvote’s election advisory council, draws upon 13 years working in the congressional and nonprofit sectors as a democracy practitioner. He says, “Netvote will leapfrog electronic voting to solve many of the challenges associated with paper ballot voting upon which much of the world still relies. This project is positioned to be transformational and a leader in the voting world. I’m genuinely enthusiastic to promote its adoption in the US and worldwide.” Phillips held a variety of leadership positions at the International Republican Institute and is now Policy Director of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. Having been an accredited election observer in Tunisia, Timor Leste, India and Indonesia, and working on U.S. congressional and presidential campaigns for over a decade, he has deep experience with electoral systems.

Amy Hamblin joins Phillips on the founding election advisory council. She has broad experience in civic engagement, advocacy and international elections, most recently in Russia, as well hands-on experience in the 2008 US election. She is now an Advocacy & Partnership Consultant at the World Bank and Deputy Director for BeTheWave, a Silicon Valley based startup helping to mobilize and invigorate communities of people to vote. Hamblin believes, “Netvote gets to the root of the problem. We need people to want to vote and we need people to trust their vote. Netvote can bring these much-needed qualities to elections.”

These two advisory bodies will work together to assist in guiding Netvote through the formation of the non-profit Netvote Foundation, an anticipated token sale for project funding, and the promotion of adoption and best practices and improvement of voting systems worldwide.

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About Netvote
Netvote seeks to provide an accessible, efficient and safe method of voting that ensures participation, transparency and verifiability in any election worldwide. By using 100% open source blockchain technology, governments, corporations and organizations anywhere can find new and better ways engage billions of voters. Election administrators and voters interact with the network through Netvote dApps, lowering costs, increasing trust, and incentivizing votes. Everyone who wants to vote should. Every vote should count. Every count should be verified.

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