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What You Need to Know About the New Cardano (ADA) Ballot

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In Brief

  • The Cardano Ballot opens on Friday and will check how the community feels about the development efforts behind Cardano's decentralization.
  • Cardano is moving to a system where on-chain changes and the Treasury will be managed in part by community members, not Input Output Global.
  • Cardano co-founder Charles Hoskinson took to X (Twitter) on Thursday to rail against the splintering of the crypto industry that empowers tyranny.
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Cardano’s Improvement Proposal-1694, known as the Cardano Ballot, will roll out on Friday. Voting is non-binding and will be used to check the community’s sentiment toward Cardano’s push for decentralization, even as the Charles Hoskinson posts a new video from Abu Dhabi.

Voting for the Cardano Ballot will start at 9:44 p.m. UTC and end on Dec. 11 at 21:44 UTC. Holders of participating wallets and users who have staked ADA will be eligible to vote.

Cardano Ballot Brings Stakeholders Together

The question voters must answer is whether Cardano should continue working on minimum-viable on-chain governance. Voters can choose yes or no, or can elect to abstain. New users can buy Cardano before the voting to become eligible.

Staking users must have delegated their ADA tokens to a stake pool by Nov. 20. There are no transaction fees. And the results of the ballot will be revealed on Dec. 16.

Read more: How To Stake Cardano (ADA)

The Cardano Foundation, Input Output Global, and Intersect helped develop CIP-1694. Intersect brings together the different stakeholders in the Cardano ecosystem. SanchoNet, a new testnet for governance features, was launched in August.

Hoskinson Rails Against Altcoin Haters

The push toward decentralized governance is part of Cardano’s drive to move outside of Input Output Global’s control. It is the end goal of the so-called Voltaire stage in Cardano’s roadmap and will finalize governance mechanisms and the Cardano Treasury management.

In a recent update, Hoskinson opined that the influx of big investment companies gives them the power to control the crypto industry. He railed against those who criminalize altcoins and the teams behind them, arguing they play into the hands of those who want to control people’s money and data.

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Read more: What Are Altcoins? A Guide to Alternative Cryptocurrencies

Hoskinson added that unless the cryptocurrency industry comes together, instead of attacking each other, there is a better chance to stay government tyranny. Web3 content creator Cosmos Joe said Hoskinson’s statements were on point but belated.

“This is the first time Charles woke up and realized that the US government operates on faulty logic and out of self-interest. Does anyone really think the securities laws make sense in the context of Web3? Will they ever? No.”

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David Thomas
David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...