West Virginia is launching a blockchain-based mobile voting app to all 55 state counties so that foreign-based military personnel can more easily vote during the mid-term elections.
CoinDesk previously reported that the state was piloting app blockchain in May for deployed military personnel and their dependencies on Harrison and Monongalia counties. Secretary of State Mac Warner said the plan was to extend the effort at the state level during the November midterms if the pilot succeeded.
Now, according to CNN, the Warner office claims that a four-round audit of the blockchain application infrastructure was completed after the pilot phase and "did not reveal any problems" .
The app was developed and implemented by the Voatz voting technology, which states that the technology encodes and stores ballot data on a decentralized network, ensuring that the voting information is encrypted in safe and quickly negotiated way.
That said, Warner's deputy chief of staff, Michael Queen, was quoted by CNN for saying that the state will leave the final decision to individual counties if they use the election app.
While it remains to be seen how global adoption will take place in the state, technology experts have already put it into account, with one calling the idea of "horrible" mobile voting.
Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist of the Center for Democracy and Technology, told the network:
"It is the internet vote on people's horribly secure devices, on our horrible networks, on servers that are very difficult to protect without a physical registration of the vote. "
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