While Ohio lawmakers are still trying to figure out how to use the blockchain, they are interesting in putting this technology into practice. On Thursday (23 August), Ohio House of Representatives spokesman, Ryan Smith, brought together a group to discuss the intention of the state to introduce blockchain companies and developers, he said
. "Because this is so new and this is just starting to take shape, we can position Ohio in front," Smith said.
Smith said that there are many applications for blockchain: technology could be used to store marriage licenses and birth certificates. And universities could also help students learn about the blockchain before graduating and starting a career. However, the specific legislation of the blockchain was not proposed during the meeting
Overall, Ohio seems ready to embrace the blockchain. In early August, Governor John Kasich signed legislation that will promote blockchain efforts, extending record keeping in a number of vertical industries, such as supply chain management. The legislation could stimulate an expansion of the R & D blockchain efforts within the state, and the Dayton Daily News said that the state is notable, in part, for its efforts. "smart city" based in Colombo. Ohio is also the fifth hub for the financial services sector, counted at the state level.
And a pilot program in West Virginia is watching election polls. The state, according to Mashable, has entered into a contract with the Massachusetts-based company, Voatz, to make available cards for troops stationed abroad via mobile devices. This technology-based election option could debut as soon as this year in the mid-term elections, and the activity that takes place in the app will be recorded on a blockchain.
The site reports that, to use the app, those troops need to send photos that show documents and provide videos of themselves to ensure that the person in the video matches the ID. Critics demand that the blockchain-based initiative is still vulnerable to hacking.