Blockchain technology offers the potential to solve most of the issues facing government voting procedures today. Paper-based voting is still used in the majority of situations, because digital options have not yet reached the level of security that physical voting does. Supporters for paper-based systems argue that it is much harder to change a vote cast on paper rather than a digital form. For early alternatives to paper, this may be true. Options were primarily based on pdf format documents that were transmitted via email.
However, Voatz is bringing the cryptographic security of blockchain technology to the option pool. The company began in 2017, gaining funding and developing their business model before launch in early 2018. Their ability to gain government testing in America was focused on giving military personnel who are stationed overseas a more secure and more accessible format for voting. The U.S. state of Virginia successfully used their platform.
Voatz in Colorado
The city of Denver in Colorado, U.S. will be adding likely beading to the 30 successful pilot votes using Voatz technology. The system processed more than 15,000 votes in its largest election to date. In contrast to the state of Virginia, Colorado will be using the city of Denver as an experiment for more than jus5t military personnel. Any citizens of Denver are allowed to sign up for blockchain voting who live out of the country for any reason.
“We believe this technology has the potential to make voting easier and more secure not only for our active duty military and overseas citizens, but also for voters with disabilities, who could potentially vote independently and privately using their phones’ assistive technology.” - Jocelyn Bucaro, deputy director of elections at the Denver Office of Clerk and Recorder
The total international voters in Denver would be about 4,000 people. This type of system replaces older technology. Under federal law in America, governments must provide a digital voting option to overseas voters. But it provides other benefits as well. Digital voting could help the city meet tight deadlines. Physically counting votes is inconsistent and time consuming. The system uses phones’ biometric features, such as face identification and fingerprints for secure identification. Users upload a 10-second video of themselves and a picture of their photo ID to register.
“If the pilot is successful, we’re hoping other cities in Colorado that fall under home-rule might consider using it in some of their local elections.” Jocelyn Bucaro
By: BGN Editorial Staff