West Virginians have started using a mobile voting app run on blockchain application for casting absentee ballots in the upcoming midterm elections as reported by Slat on 25th September.
With this, citizens of West Virginia that currently live overseas have supposedly initiated using a blockchain-enabled application in order to cast vote on 21st September. The application recorded Vote and will help voters to get registered in 24 countries to cast absentee ballots through smartphone targeting military members stationed abroad to a greater extent.
The entire pilot project for distant voting that was only available to a select group of voters begun in March and was successfully finished on 8th May – the day of West Virginia’s primary elections held.
At the beginning of August, the West Virginia Secretary of State, Mac Warner, and Voatz said to CNN about the successful result of testing after “four audits of various components” of the platform.
Based on the report Warner’s deputy chief of staff Michael L. Queen said in his statement that each separate West Virginia county will make the final decision about the use of the app for upcoming November elections, and voters will also be allowed to cast paper ballots if they select it.
Amid this, the blockchain-enabled remote voting initiative has attracted certain criticism, namely over security concerns. The Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, Joseph Lorenzo Hall further claimed that “Mobile voting is a horrific idea. 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.”
While Bradley Tusk of Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies, the company funded the app’s development actively focusing to encourage blockchain deployment for voting activities Tusk further stated that “remote voting can turn out more voters, and as a result, “democracy would work a lot better.”