Using World ID, and particularly relying on global proof of personhood, can be used to build a truly democratic, one person one vote, system as well as novel voting systems
Using World ID, and particularly relying on global proof of personhood, can be used to build a truly democratic, one person one vote, system as well as novel voting systems centered around unique humans. What’s more, with World ID, these systems can be made in a fully privacy-preserving way, supporting fully anonymous voting, and making sure votes cannot be tracked across different proposals.
(Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) governance. Have governance proposals where individual’s voices are more important than the number of tokens held.
Anonymous online polls
This can apply for anything from city council elections, governors to referendums, plebiscites, and much more.
Public elections without duplicate votes, where each voter can only vote once. Further, this can be done in a public way where anyone can verify each election vote. This can apply for anything from city council elections, governors to referendums, plebiscites, and much more.
Build your project
Calling all builders! Some of these projects are ready to be built. You can find some ideas, features, integrations and even wireframes below. These are intended as a departure point, just to get ideas flowing. Some of these can be a cool side hustle, some your next startup.
Building an MVP
The most basic version of a voting platform could look something as follows.
- Users can create proposals to vote on. They provide a description on the proposal and a time limit. Proposals support yes/no/abstain.
- Voters can then go into a proposal and cast a vote only once. The vote is verified with a World ID anonymous action (to ensure proof of personhood, uniqueness, and prevent cross-proposals tracking).
- Votes are recorded in a backend, smart contract or decentralized database (like Ceramic).
- Anyone can view the vote results.
You can find some conceptual wireframes below on how this could look like.
The above can also be further extended to support multiple-option votes, combine with eligibility criteria (e.g. only users with a Twitter account can vote), support multiple World ID credentials for votes where the credential type determines the weight (e.g. Orb credential = 1 vote, phone credential = 0.1 vote).
- Quadratic voting. Allow only one person, one vote, but votes are counted quadratically, […]
- Conviction voting. Consider for example public goods funding, where funds are allocated based on votes received continuously over time. This article explains more on conviction voting.
- Anonymous proof-of-vote NFT. You get an NFT that you can use to prove you voted in a certain proposal. Could be done with Sismo to preserve privacy.