The future is just around the corner. As Slate reported September, 25, West Virginia is the first state that will use blockchain for voting in elections. Boston-based startup Voatz provided an app that uses blockchain encryption to enable U.S. citizens who are currently abroad to participate in voting.
We have already explained how exactly the app would work. The state officials are especially promoting this app among military members that serve abroad.
“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,” – said Mac Warner, Secretary of State. Still, the residents are allowed to vote via paper ballots if they want to.
On the Contrary
However, not everyone is pleased with the new way of voting. Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology told CNN that it is all about the security:
“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.”
Yet, head of Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies’s – a firm that funded Voatz app – Bradley Tusk stressed that remote voting can attract more people to vote and as a result “democracy would work a lot better.”
Cointrend.me have already written about where else we can use the blockchain technology.