According to a recent news by a local source ‘Slate’, the citizens ofWest Virginiathatpresentlylive overseas have reportedly startedemployinga blockchain-enabled application forthe purpose of mobile votingon 21st Sept.The mobile app. named [Voatz] would permit the registered voters in the several countries tocasttravelerballots via their mobile phones using a new feature via mobile voting,primarilytargeting military members stationed abroad.
Thetrialfor remotevoting project,thatwassolelyaccessibletoa selectiveclusterof voters, started in March and waswith successcompleted on8th May, the day of West Virginia’s primary elections.
Earlier in Aug.,theWest VirginiaSecretary of State and Voatz ‘Mac Warner’ in an interview with CNN told about the concerningoutcome of the testingsafter“four auditsof assortedcomponents” of the platform.
Following the report, Warner’s deputy chief ofstaff MichaelL. Queenaforesaidthat everyseparateWest Virginia’scountywouldcreatean ultimatedecisionconcerningabout using the application forthe upcoming elections in the month of Nov., adding that voterswould bestill allowed tocastpaper ballots if theyselect.
The blockchain-powered remoteoptioninitiative has drawn some criticism,particularlyover securityissues.
The ChiefTechnologistatthe centre for Democracy and Technology ‘Joseph Lorenzo Hall’, added:
“MobileVotingmay be ahorrificplan. It’swebvotingon people’sawfullysecured devices, over our horrific networks, to servers thatareterriblytroublesometo secure a non physical paper record of the vote.”
Bradley Tusk of Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies —the corporatethatfundedthe app’s development —inspiredblockchaindevelopmentforthe purpose of mobile voting. Tusk expressedthat remotevoting optionwillend upin adding a lot ofvoters, and as a result, “democracy would work aloadshigher.”