Runoff Election Reboot


  1. We are rebooting the runoff election and members will receive an email from Helios to vote. Ballots cast on Swarm are not valid. Members who cast a vote via Swarm already will need to recast their votes using Helios.

  2. Members will receive Helios emails by end of day today (Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 11:59pm EST).

  3. The runoff election will be extended by an extra day. The new deadline for voting is Saturday, February 28 at 11:59pm EST.

  4. Election Results will be posted on Sunday, February 29, 2015.

In the wee hours of this morning, we launched the first on-blockchain voting system for our runoff elections. In the past several hours, we’ve received tons of feedback from our members (thanks guys!) and we hear you.

This initial version is clunky, imperfect and a bit confusing. Being the first of its kind, we knew it would be. No system is perfect on its first day out. So thanks for hanging in there and for your willingness to think outside of the box with us.

“These are growing pains. The important thing to remember is that we are all in this, building the digital economy, together. When we used Helios last year for the first time, we also encountered user confusion and technical issues,” recalls Brian Goss, Elections Committee Chairman. “However, because our members provided helpful feedback and pull requests, in the end we were able to make functional improvements to the code so that it works better today than it did yesteryear.”

We knew this was going to be messy and that there was a risk that it might not even work. In response to the difficulties with user interface and ballot presentation, in order to maintain the integrity of the runoff election, as promised, we are hitting “reboot” and starting over. Thanks to the Swarm team for working hard on this initial version. 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 Helios with instructions for voting.

For those that haven’t yet and want to still test swarm, note that your vote will not be counted unless you vote using Helios. However, your feedback is important so that we can improve this platform for the next vote. Please send your feedback to

We are committed to advancing blockchain technology and working hard to ensure a fair and accurate election process. Thank you members for your patience, understanding and feedback!