For the past several weeks, the Bitcoin Foundation has been working to develop an on-blockchain voting system that provides even greater transparency into the voting process — with every vote being recorded on the blockchain.

“The Foundation’s mission is to advance blockchain technology and this is an important new avenue of innovation,” said Patrick Murck, Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation. “While we may not have the smoothest experience in this experimental launch, it’s important for us to push the boundaries and spark innovation — even if things get a little messy sometimes.”

We found a willing partner in Swarm and the new platform is finally ready for its first election. The Bitcoin Foundation is the first to attempt a vote of this kind on the blockchain and we are excited to have our Bitcoin Foundation members participate in this historic moment.

This voting platform is new and still in beta and there’s a real risk that members may not experience the most seamless process. Your feedback is important so that we can improve for the next vote. If you run into any problems please contact [email protected].

Annual and lifetime members who signed up for their membership before the Feb 6, 2015 11:59pm EST sign up date and confirmed to vote in time will be receiving an email from Swarm with instructions for voting.

Should we run into any technical issues during the voting process, we will re-set and use Helios, our previous system, for voting.