Implement Liquid Democracy on Ethereum: A Fast Algorithm for Realtime Self-tally Voting System

20 Nov 2019  ·  Xuepeng Fan, Peng Li, Yulong Zeng, Xiaoping Zhou ·

We study the liquid democracy problem, where each voter can either directly vote to a candidate or delegate his voting power to a proxy. We consider the implementation of liquid democracy on the blockchain through Ethereum smart contract and to be compatible with the realtime self-tallying property, where the contract itself can record ballots and update voting status upon receiving each voting massage... A challenge comes due to the gas fee limitation of Ethereum mainnet, that the number of instruction for processing a voting massage can not exceed a certain amount, which restrict the application scenario with respect to algorithms whose time complexity is linear to the number of voters. We propose a fast algorithm to overcome the challenge, such that i) shifts the on-chain initialization to off-chain and ii) the on-chain complexity for processing each voting massage is O(\log n), where n is the number of voters. read more

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