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Elekto Documentation

Elekto is an open-source software for securely conducting election. Elekto was inspired by the long-running CIVS project and built to conduct kubernetes steering and community elections. The project is hosted and maintained by CNCF.

If you have reached here trying to vote in an online election, you are in the wrong place.

Elekto was designed to support the following:

  • 100% GitOps workflow for configuration and election administration
  • 100% Oauth-driven workflow for voters (no emails)
  • Preference election voting (starting with Condorcet)
  • Multiple elections for the same organization
  • Responsive web design
  • Secret ballot voting

1 - Overview

Understand the working of elekto.

The application requires a meta repository to store election meta files. The meta repository is the single source of truth for the application and is managed by gitops, all the tasks like creating an election, adding/removing voters to the list are managed by raising specific pull requests in the meta repository. See our detailed instruction docs


2 - Getting Started

Start using elekto for your organisation.

Create a development environment

The application is written in python using flask and sqlalchemy. This repository ships a requirements.txt and a environment.yml for conda users.

# Installation with pip 
pip install -r requirements.txt

# Installation with Conda
conda env create -f environment.yml && conda activate elekto

Setup env variables

The repository has a .env.example file which can be used as a template for .env file, update the environment file after copying from .env.example.

# create a new .env file from .env.example
cp .env.example .env

Set the basic information about the application in the upper section

APP_NAME=k8s.elections     # set the name of the application
APP_ENV=development        # development | production   
APP_KEY=                   # random secret key (!! important !!)
APP_DEBUG=True             # True | False (production)
APP_URL=http://localhost   # Url where the application is hosted
APP_PORT=5000              # Default Running port for development 
APP_HOST=localhost         # Default Host for developmemt 

Update the database credentials,

DB_CONNECTION=mysql        # Mysql is only supported 

Update the meta repository info

META_SECRET=db5a951969c379e75d0bf15ad6ff8b4a36fbeb02  # same as webhook of the same meta repository

Update the Oauth info, create an github oauth app if already not created.


Migrate and Sync DB with Meta

The console script in the repository is used to perform all the table creations and syncing of the meta.

# to migrate the database from command line 
python console --migrate 

To sync the database with the meta files

# to the sync the database with the meta
python console --sync

Run the application Server locally

The flask server will start on 5000 by default but can be changed using --port option.

# to run the server on default configs
python console --run

# to change host and port
python console --port 8080 --host --run