West Virginia is betting on blockchain voting in 2018

Aug 08, 2018, 8:10 AM EDT
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Russian hackers and online propagandists did a lot of overtime during the 2016 American elections and apparently succeeded in manipulating the results. The past isn’t keeping West Virginia from testing blockchain voting for its overseas residents, an idea mocked as “horrific” by some and “a leap” by others.

Under the pilot program, West Virginia’s troops, stationed abroad, can use their smartphones to participate in the voting via a blockchain voting app called Voatz, which anonymizes the ballots and records the vote in nearly tamperproof manner, notes Futurism.

Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, dismisses the “horrific” idea for security vulnerabilities haunting every stage of voting, from hackable smartphones to aggregating the data digitally without paper trail, reports Mashable.