West Virginia to Employ Blockchain Voting in 2018 Midterm Elections
The US state of West Virginia is offering a blockchain based mobile voting app that will allow American troops overseas to vote in the upcoming elections.
In the past, the state had used the mobile voting platform, known as Voatz app, in a test for deployed troops and their dependents in two counties for the state’s primary elections. Secretary of State Mac Warner noted at the time that the plan was to spread the test to the state’s 55 counties for the midterms in November once the test was effective.
Warner’s officer states that, “four audits of various components of the tool, including its cloud and blockchain infrastructure, revealed no problems.”
According to Warner, “There is nobody that deserves the right to vote any more than the guys that are out there, and the women that are out there, putting their lives on the line for us.”
He pointed out that the new app is not a way to get rid of the traditional balloting and maintained that troops would still be able to “cast paper ballots” at the election.
Michael L. Queen, Warner’s deputy chief of staff noted that the final decisions rest on individual counties if they want to use the app for the election.
Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology stated:
“It’s internet voting on people’s horribly secured devices, over our horrible networks, to servers that are very difficult to secure without a physical paper record of the vote.”