While some nations are still in the process of implementing blockchain technology into their voting system, a State in the US, (West Virginia) has successfully adopted the use of a blockchain based digital voting system.
Getting Used for Voting has Always Been One of Blockchain’s Primary Goals
Apart from peer-to-peer money transfer, one of the principal use case considered for blockchain technology has been for voting. This announcement coming from West Virginia is surely an indication that blockchain technology is rapidly checking all its milestone boxes.
The State of West Virginia made it known via a report that the use of blockchain-based mobile application voting system for absentee ballots to be collected is now official and it will take effect in the forthcoming mid-term elections in November. This is surely a great step for the blockchain community as well as a call to action for other states and nations to follow this footstep.
The Voting System is Live
As of last Friday, using the blockchain based voting system, citizens of the state-based aboard or happened to be abroad during the voting exercise were able to partake in the exercise making use of an app referred to as VOATZ.
The states have made it known that the focus group for this adoption are the members of the military stationed outside of the United States. Through this adoption voters registered on the network can cast their ballots from about 24 countries.
Some are Still Skeptical
As expected, the news is not well received by some party. In an interview with CNN, Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology made his opinion known.
He further states that:
“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.”
He is surely not alone in this belief as several other top officials have made their opinions known. Hopefully, they will all be convinced as time goes on and the positive result of the adoption starts to manifest.