The Factom Voting Protocols are basic protocols for named (i.e. not anonymous) voting using Factom chains that can be used for conducting publicly verifiable polls in any organization, such as a department inside a company, an online community or, more generally, any group of decentralized entities which want to come to a decision on a given topic. The voting protocol is separated into three main phases: vote initiation, vote commitment and vote reveal.
During initiation, the vote initiator creates a list of eligible voters and stores it on-chain. They also (optionally) produce a description of the vote proposal in a document stored off-chain. Finally, they create a vote proposal entry on-chain, which contains the terms of the poll. The off-line document contains a (longer) description of the poll and together with the on-chain entry the two form a holistic view of the proposed vote.
During the commitment phase, the participants can record a coded version of their vote on-chain and during the reveal phase they record the plaintext of their vote. Such commit-reveal schemes are common for on-chain voting as they solve the problem of information asymmetry for voters: having voters record their vote in plaintext would mean people voting later already have access to the running tally.