Eighteen years after the Florida hanging chads debacle cast the legitimacy of an American president into doubt, the voting technology introduced to fix those problems remains so vulnerable to hacking that the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in September urged a return to paper ballots and an end to Internet voting. That’s a problem blockchain developers think they can fix.
As the US dithers on regulating cryptocurrencies, other regions move forward
Support for blockchain technology is stronger both in the US and abroad
Cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiasts were excited about the announcement this week that President Donald Trump plans to name Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a longtime supporter of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, as his interim White House chief of staff before the end of the year. As a congressman, Mulvaney was a co-founder of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. When it comes to actually embracing cryptocurrencies, the U.S. has been generally skeptical. As a recent opinion piece in the Harvard Business Review by law firm Jones Day blockchain initiative leaders Stephen J. Obie and Mark W. Rasmussen noted: “Without clear regulations, cryptocurrency innovation in the United States is being stifled.…
The United States just held its first blockchain-enabled elections
West Virginia lays claim to the most technologically savvy voting process held in America
In the wake of its federal primary elections last week, West Virginia now bears the distinction of having hosted the country’s first blockchain-enabled voting process. If you’re just tuning in, this was a relatively lightweight application of blockchain voting technology. This technologically-enabled voting process was limited to eligible UOCAVA voters (“Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act”) and their families in two West Virginia counties: Harrison and Monongalia. That said, the ability to vote using a mobile app had some serious appeal for those who were eligible. It was facilitated by Boston-based technology company Voatz, and a company spokesperson filled us in on how it all went. “One particular overseas voter…
America’s first blockchain voting system is here, and it’s military-only
The Mountain State leans in to distributed ledger technology for voting.
This is the beginning of the end of the notorious “hanging chad.” West Virginia isn’t about to be mistaken as a Silicon Valley-style tech hub, but the state has announced a blockchain-enabled voting system to be used in this year’s federal election. It’s the first of its kind in the United States, and for now, it’s only available to active-duty military and their eligible dependents. Service members can currently vote via mail, fax, or email wherever they’re stationed. As the government’s pilot program brings blockchain-enabled voting to military personnel registered to vote in Harrison County or Monongalia County, those constituents can now vote from their Android or iOS device with…