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All about Telangana’s plan to use facial recognition, blockchain for voting via smartphones

Telangana shows that it’s serious about remote voting in a trial that involves three-factor authentication and a ‘liveness check’.

The Telangana government has initiated a dry run of a smartphone-based eVoting solution that leverages technologies such as blockchain, facial recognition, and Aadhaar authentication to record one's vote. The project will be tested again in a mock vote which has been scheduled in Khammam district on October 20. The voting will be recorded on the TSEC-Vote App developed for Android smartphones now made available in English and Telugu. This development comes after the Telangana State Election Commission in 2020 announced that it was planning to use the e-Voting solution for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections. However, the plan was shelved for the time being because officials realised that they had to bring in amendments to certain laws to take the plan further. [caption id="attachment_147322" align="aligncenter" width="516"] A screengrab of the TSEC eVote Android app which will record votes…

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