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1. Opinion Poll Methodology

  • VOTEism is an opinion poll app. You need to enable location on your mobile to vote. (In the earlier version of VOTEism, we required you to verify your mobile number to vote. We have now removed this for enhanced voter privacy. Instead we use a combination of hardware signals and other heuristics to uniquely fingerprint a device).
  • You can change your vote anytime. Only your latest vote will be counted.
  • Votes are encrypted/decrypted using public key cryptography.
  • Votes are encrypted and signed locally on your mobile device and securely transferred to three databases belonging to three cloud services providers (GCP, AWS, Azure). This way we'll have a quorum and also know if any set of data is compromised.
  • Encrypted votes are downloaded to a separate non-cloud system where they are decrypted with the private key.
  • Anonymized and aggregated results are published on the VOTEism mobile apps.

VOTEism is an opinion poll app. Any findings from VOTEism's opinion polls apply only at the time you have polled your opinion and the results do not predict the final outcome of any election.

2. Auditing and Public Disclosure

  • VOTEism codebase is open-source.
  • Opinion poll results are viewable in VOTEism's mobile apps.
  • VOTEism is built and published by a small and independent software company (AskDesis INC.) based in the United States. We have no political, governmental, corporate, or media affiliation.
  • We welcome questions from media in good standing.
Please read VOTEism's Services and Privacy Terms.‌

3. Funding VOTEism.

  • VOTEism is funded by its parent, AskDesis INC and we currently do not accept any outside funding.
  • Our main costs are associated (but not limited) to server bills, SMS costs for verifying mobile numbers and the cost of the team involved in building and managing VOTEism's mobile and web apps.
  • In the event we are unable to meet our costs, we reserve the right to seek financial support by launching a public donations page.
We estimate it will roughly cost USD 0.056 per active user per month in USA and USD 0.65 per active user per month in Belarus. Most of this cost is towards mobile number verifications and a little towards server and database costs.‌ Employee and other related costs are not included here.
- - - - - - - - Updated: 27.August.2020
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1. Opinion Poll Methodology
2. Auditing and Public Disclosure
3. Funding VOTEism.