MiVote announces independent candidates will run in elections from 2018
Speaking at the launch of their global crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, MiVote founder and Chief Steward Adam Jacoby today announced another leap forward in the democratic platform's evolution.
Nearly 20 people intend to run as independent candidates on the MiVote platform at the next state and federal elections in Australia.
New chapters are also opening in the US, Belgium, India and Scotland in the coming year and each will be running candidates in their local elections.
The announcement comes after the movement's first candidate workshop last week, culminating six years of development of the model.
Confirmed candidates reinforce the disruption MiVote will soon trigger in politics around the world.
"Having candidates step forward to run on the MiVote platform moves MiVote from a theoretical exercise to becoming a legitimate contender in the global political landscape." Said Jacoby. "We expect to have more than 100 independent candidates at the next Australian federal election, assuming this government serves a full term."
Former state and federal candidates from both the liberal and labor parties are among those who have put their hand up to run as independents on the MiVote platform.
The confirmation of candidates comes after a successful ICO by Horizon State - the tech company building the secure voting app that supports the MiVote model. The ICO raised $1.4M in 12 days, the largest ever crowdfunding total for an Australian software company.
MiVote will run dozens of policy votes on the Horizon State platform leading up to the next federal election, and beyond. The votes are secured on blockchain using $HST tokens.
"We're currently building on the existing beta that has been casting votes to blockchain since February this year," said Horizon State Chief Product Officer Jamie Skella. "Improved functionality and resources will allow more votes to be run more frequently."
MiVote's global crowdfunding campaign, supported by an ongoing 7 day facebook fundraising challenge called Democratize Me, launches today. Visit DemocratizeMe.io
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MiVote is well advanced in conversations that will see MiVote chapters in US, Scotland, India, Belgium, New Zealand, Canada, Romania, and England from 2018.
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MiVote is building close relationships with Stanford, Swinburne, and RMIT, with further tertiary partnerships in development.
MiVote will shortly announce a partnership with an IGC of the United Nations.
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