On March 28th, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner announced the state government is piloting a secure blockchain voting application for military, which will allow them to vote on the May 8th election while they will be out of the U.S., according to a press release.
The deployed soldiers from Harrison County and Monongalia County will be able to vote through the secure blockchain-based mobile voting app and the service have been extended to OCAVA voters that are residents of these counties.
Secretary Warner thinks this new project will improve the accessibility and the transparency of the electoral system. The main purpose of this innovation “is to take advantage of technological advances and offer the most secure military mobile voting solution possible that is accessible, verifiable, transparent, and easy to use,” he expressed.
“West Virginia is taking the lead in providing safe, secure and accurate voting systems to encourage voter participation at every level,” the Secretary added. “We’re working hard to increase the level of confidence citizens have in our election process. Increased confidence results in increased participation.”
Warner has made a priority to help soldiers vote no matter where they are in the world since he has been hired approximately 1 year ago. He believes this blockchain project can help solve this problem.
“Whether a Soldier is without mail service in the mountains of Afghanistan, or a Sailor is in a submarine under the polar icecap, they deserve the opportunity to participate easily in our democracy. They should have a voice in choosing who sends them into harm’s way,” he said.
The Secretary of State Warner’s son is the first individual to use the app actively. He expressed how easy it is to use the application:
“The registration for this application was very easy to maneuver. It included an ID verification process that matched me to my ID. That gave me confidence that this mobile voting process was secure,” Scott Warner said. “When the ballot was made available, I just clicked through the names of the candidates. I hit ‘vote’ for the candidates I wanted to support. Then I used the thumb print Touch ID on my phone to verify who I was. That was it. Pretty slick!”
Sierra Leone announced in the beginning of March that it was conducting the first Presidential blockchain voting, which turned to be dishonest information.
Also, Moscow’s Municipal Government announced earlier this month that it will launch a blockchain digital voting application to enhance transparency in the electoral system.