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West Virgina to Use Blockchain Based Mobile Voting App in Elections

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Recently, Slate.com reported that West Virginia is going to use Blockchain based mobile voting application for casting votes in the upcoming elections. This mobile-based voting system has been implemented by the government to help the overseas West Virginia citizens to elect their government.

This mobile-based voting app has been developed by a Boston-based company called Voatz. The company has integrated blockchain technology in the app, thereby achieving secure voting. Currently, Voatz allows users registered in 24 countries to vote for their candidates in elections remotely & easily from their smartphones. The company developed this application focusing mainly on military members who are stationed abroad.

The company has integrated blockchain technology in the app, thereby achieving secure voting. Currently, Voatz allows users registered in 24 countries to vote for their candidates in elections remotely & easily from their smartphones.

In March, the first test of this remote voting application was made available to one selected group of users. The was voting successfully completed by May 8th, West Virginia's primary elections.
In last August, after the successfully completed testing of this remote voting system, the West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and Voatz announced the test outcomes on CNN. It is to be noted that the company audited the various components of the platform four times before sharing the test outcomes with CNN.

Following the test outcomes, Warner's deputy chief of staff Michael L. Queen announced that it is up to each West Virginia state county's final decision to use the mobile app for the November elections. The traditional paper ballots casting system will still be allowed for the voters to vote with if they wish to.
There is also some criticism going on for this mobile-based voting system because of security concerns among the voters. The Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, Joseph Lorenzo Hall said the following "Mobile voting is a horrific idea. It's Internet voting on people's horribly secured devices, over our horrible networks, to servers that are very difficult to secure without a physical paper record of the vote."

The Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, Joseph Lorenzo Hall said the following "Mobile voting is a horrific idea. It's Internet voting on people's horribly secured devices, over our horrible networks, to servers that are very difficult to secure without a physical paper record of the vote."

Bradley Tusk, the CEO & Founder of Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies, the company which funded this project encouraged the blockchain based voting, claiming that this type of voting model will attract more voters, thereby making the democracy work better.

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