Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

West Virginia to Use Voatz Blockchain Mobile Voting App For Midterm Elections

West Virginia to Use Voatz Blockchain Mobile Voting App For Midterm Elections

It will be limited to service personnel living overseas, CNN noted.

Marian K. Schneider, president of the watchdog group Verified Voting, also rejected the idea, anxious by potential hacks and the lack of a paper trail of the vote.

A hot potato: Even if the Voatz app is 100 percent secure, experts warn that other key cogs of the process - like smartphones and the networks they connect to - are not, thus jeopardizing the integrity of mobile voting. The app, as demonstrated to StateScoop, uses text messages and facial recognition to authenticate users before they're presented their ballots.

After a successful pilot launched in March, West Virginia has made a decision to allow its overseas troops to cast their ballot through the smartphone application Voatz.

Blockchain enthusiasts promote distributed ledger technology as a secure way to make voting easier for deployed members of the USA military and other Americans living overseas.

Still, there is doubt that the convenience and claimed privacy of a mobile app are guaranteed to boost participation. The office will now bring the voting app to UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) voters in the state's 55 counties.

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"Aside from major government-issued IDs such as driver's licenses, state IDs or passports, Voatz has experience using the 10 different kinds of official documents for the purposes of verifying a voter's identity", said Sawhney. On its website, Voatz states the post-primary audit, which was conducted by a group of five cybersecurity firms, focused on the top security flaws listed by organizations including the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the Open Web Application Security Project.

He also added that the new app wasn't a call to replace traditional balloting and insisted that troops would still be able to "cast paper ballots" at the election.

According to CNN, the voting app was a combined effort of both Warner and Voatz, who both believe that the app is safe.

West Virginia is planning to roll out a blockchain voting app for its midterm elections in November. Asked if she thought mobile voting is a good idea, she said, "The short answer is no".

Predictably, not everyone is happy about this - particularly in the wake of concerns about possible interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

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