Follow My Vote Releases Initial Alpha [Press Release]

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We have released the initial alpha of our stakeweighted blockchain voting software! 

Here is the official press release which can be seen on

 August 16, 2016



Blacksburg, VA — Blockchain voting company, Follow My Vote, has released the Alpha version of their stake weighted voting software.

The alpha version runs on a blockchain using the open-source Graphene Blockchain Framework architected and developed by Follow My Vote CTO, Nathan Hourt and Dan Larimer of Steemit Inc. Other projects that have utilized Graphene include BitShares, Steem, and Muse.

Features and functionality that can be explored in the alpha release include publishing of contests, casting votes, and tallying contest results. TLS Encryption using the blockchain as the certificate authority has also been established for client and server communication.

"I am excited to present the alpha of our stake-weighted voting system. Although it is not yet feature complete, this version has the core components, all utilizing a live Graphene blockchain as the data store and public key infrastructure. This alpha serves not only as a demonstration of our technology, but also as the foundation for development of our more advanced anonymous, verified identity system which we will use to run a parallel election to the United States Presidential Election in November."

-Nathan Hourt, Co-Founder & CTO - Follow My Vote

This release follows the recent crowdfunding success of Follow My Vote on Kickstarter. On July 4th, the team achieved their funding goal for their Parallel Presidential Election Experience. One of the most popular rewards offered during their Kickstarter campaign was MERITs, which are digital crypto-currency tokens. When Follow My Vote is deciding on features to build into their open-source software, they will run stake-weighted polls within the voting software to prioritize development based on market demand. These polls will be weighted in MERIT. Therefore, holders of MERIT will help set the direction of Follow My Vote’s software development.

Follow My Vote develops open-source blockchain voting software that supports early voting from mobile devices and provides immediate transparency into election results by allowing voters to independently audit the ballot box to ensure that election results are honest.


Contact Follow My Vote:

[email protected] 2020 Kraft Drive Suite 3050 Blacksburg, VA 24060 

Run & Explore The Alpha

Follow along with Follow My Vote CTO Nathan Hourt (@modprobe) and learn how to set up a Graphene blockchain testnet and run the initial alpha. 

For more information on the initial alpha release visit or join us on GiHub

 About the Author: Will Long is the Marketing Manager of Follow My Vote.  (@slickwilly)


Can you buy merits anywhere yet?

Hey @dennygalindo, Great question. Right now we are the biggest holder of MERITs as we created them on BitShares. We are currently giving them out to our ambassadors and our code contributors for their time and effort helping us with the project. So the only way you could buy them is from someone who has earned them, or if we decide to sell them.

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