The American state of West Virginia is testing a voting system for voters living in the army and voting in absentia, through a mobile application on the basis of the blockchain.
In a statement
on Thursday, the Secretary of state of West Virginia Mac Warner (Warner Mac) said that the pilot project will involve military personnel and their families from the counties of Harrison and Monongalia within the Senate elections West Virginia, which will be held on may 8. The authorities claim that the app provides a secure and anonymous method of voting for citizens who are forced to vote in absentia.
According to the White paper of the pilot project, technology support is provided Voatz startup specializing in systems of voting, which previously raised $ 2.2 million from the Medici Ventures, a subsidiary of online giant Hyperstock.com. According to Warner, this initiative appeared because of the technological obstacles faced by the military during the elections under the current «cumbersome» system.
«The system of absentee voting has been proposed previously in the military who serve abroad, did not provide adequate anonymity and many employees were concerned that their ballots sent by mail or Fax will not be received on time or will not be counted. New mobile voting system solves these problems», — the document says.
Warner said it planned to spread the concept of the 55 States of the state in the General election in November 2018, if the pilot project proves successful. The concept also goes hand in hand with legislative initiatives of the chamber of representatives of West Virginia, which aims
to create a special research group to study ways of introducing the technology of the blockchain in various public services.