Uniswap’s First Governance Vote Ends in Ironic Failure

Sebastian Sinclair
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Governance voting for decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Uniswap has got off to an inglorious start.

  • Despite 98% of the votes cast being in favor of a proposed change, the total number needed for a successful vote fell short of the 40 million required by about 400,000.

  • The vote had been intended, somewhat ironically, to decide whether or not to reduce the token threshold required to make and pass proposals on the protocol.

  • The final tally in the vote ending earlier on Tuesday, stood at 39,596,759 for, and 696,857 against.

  • The Ethereum-based protocol utilizes an automated market-making system leveraging liquidity pools so users can exchange or “swap” between ether (ETH) and any ERC-20 standard token.

  • Last month, Uniswap became the first DeFi protocol to surpass the $2 billion milestone in terms of total value locked.

  • Currently, only individuals holding 1% of the network’s native token, UNI, may initiate proposals.

  • A successful vote would have seen this requirement drop by around a third, while only 30 million votes would be needed to see a proposal passed.

  • “Disappointing outcome,” said Nadav Hollander, CEO and co-founder of crypto lender Dharma, in a tweet because the vote itself demonstrated the need for the proposal.

  • Dharma had proposed the changes.

  • However, Hollander also said the vote “galvanized users to delegate in much higher numbers,” which was a “healthy outcome for Uniswap.”

See also: Uniswap Users Have Claimed $560M Worth of UNI Tokens in a Week

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