West Virginians are using a blockchain voting mobile application for casting absentee ballots in the upcoming midterm elections as reported by Coin Telegraph. Registered voters from West Virginian who currently reside overseas have been reported to be using the blockchain-powered app for voting on Friday last week.
Voatz Blockchain Mobile Application App for Voting
The mobile application, Voatz, was tested and proven to be fully functional and capable of meeting the set voting rules and regulations. One of the highlights of this application is that it gives voters registered in 24 countries an excellent opportunity to cast absentee ballot using their smartphone. The primary target audience is military personnel who are stationed abroad.
Testing of this application began in March this year and was completed on May 8th this year and on the same day West Virginia, primary elections were held. According to the Voatz management team, the pilot project was successful and can be applied in other parts of the world to streamline voting processes and promote transparency.
The report also goes a step further to state that Michael L. Queen, the current deputy chief of staff has confirmed that each county in the region will evaluate the feasibility of the mobile application and decide if it will be used in the November elections. Michael also stated that voters would still be permitted to cast the conventional paper ballots if they choose to in the various voting centers.
Blockchain Powered Remote Voting
As expected, there are people who do not support the use of blockchain technology in election citing security concerns. One of the critics Joseph Lorenzo, the current Chief Technologist at Center for Democracy and Technology is told press that mobile voting is not a good idea due to the security level of the smartphone, networks, and servers. Joseph is of the idea that securing all three components is difficult without a physical paper record that can be used to validate the results of the voting process. His main concern is that the servers and smartphone can be hacked and mobile application tampered with to send inaccurate voting information to the central data center during the November elections.
However, Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies executive, Bradley Tusk, who funded the app development project, is confident that the mobile application will redefine how people vote not only here in the United States but also in other parts of the world where blockchain technology is widely accepted. Bradley is adamant that remote voting will help increase the number of people who actually take part in the process thereby promoting democracy and good governance not only in the counties but also at the national level.
Sure, blockchain voting mobile app has a huge potential of changing the way we vote for our leaders. However, the app developer needs to come up with robust measures of the ensuring that the mobile application is hack proof.