West Virginia officials are carrying a "chainlock" mobile voting app in all 55 counties of the state, with a move to allow voters absent in the military to vote remotely in the mid-term elections term.
CoinDesk previously reported that the state piloted the blockchain app in May that allowed the deployed military personnel and its employees from the counties of Harrison and Monongalia to cast votes in the primary election.
Mac Warner, secretary of state of West Virginia, said the plan was to extend the effort across the state during the mid-term general elections in November if the pilot proves to be successful.
And CNN reported that the Warner office said that a round of four blockchain application infrastructure audits was completed following the pilot phase and "revealed no problems. "
The app is developed and implemented by Voatz, the voting technology, which states that technology encodes and stores ballot data through a decentralized network in an attempt to ensure that information about the vote is encrypted and translated. faster.
That said, Warner & # 39; s Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Queen was quoted by CNN stating that the state will leave the final decision to individual counties if they will use nascent technology.
While it remains to be seen how global adoption will take place in West Virginia ahead of the November elections, technology experts already in the balance, defining the idea of mobile voting as "horrible".
Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technician of the Center for Democracy and Technology, told the network:
"It's Internet voting on people's horribly secure devices, on our horrible networks, on servers that are very difficult to protect without a physical recording of the vote. "
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