|Aug 09, 2018 01:30 PM||By: Ben Noble | 4065 Views|
The US state of West Virginia has approved its plans to use a blockchain-based mobile app to tally the votes of troops laboring abroad.
While Sierra Leone might have first seized headlines for an apparent (and controversial) ‘blockchain-driven’ election, West Virginia is soon preparing to use a blockchain-based mobile app the rights of US troops stationed in foreign territories during midterm elections.
West Virginia has earlier used the mobile voting platform in question – dubbed Voatz – as part of a pilot for deployed troops from two counties before of primary elections.
Voatz matches a voter’s selfie video to their government ID. Enrolled voters are then capable of casting their votes and have their choice recorded on a blockchain.
US Secretary of State Mac Warner announced, at the time, that the system would soon be developed to the state’s 55 counties following the successful conclusion of the pilot.
Warner’s office newly announced that “four audits of various components of the tool, including its cloud and blockchain infrastructure, announced no problems.”
In a report to the press, Warner quipped that “there is nobody that deserves the right to vote any more than the people that are out there, and the women that are out there, placing their lives on the line for us.”
Warner explained, but, that the app will not uniquely replace traditional balloting and that troops would still be ready to cast paper votes at ballot boxes.
Not all parties have been enthused at the decision, however. Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, developed that the system was merely “…internet voting on people’s acquired devices, over our horrible networks, to servers that are very hard to secure without a physical paper record of the vote.”
More abroad, The National Election Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone disputed claims that it had relied on blockchain technology to tally votes earlier this year – declaring that “the NEC has not used, and is not using blockchain technology in any member of the electoral process.”