West Virginia Piloting a Military Voting App
West Virginia is on the verge of leading the nation as they begin testing a mobile application for military voting. Secretary of State Mac Warner announced last week that they have begun a trial for a secure military mobile voting option that will be used for their May 8th primary election. Two counties, Harrison and Monongalia, will be the testing ground for registered, qualified military voters to cast their ballots via a mobile app that uses blockchain technology.
Blockchain technology utilizes a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block contains several different data points and is inherently resistant to modification. Blockchains are secure by design and allow any computer to enter or leave the network at any time without jeopardizing the integrity or availability of the database.
Secretary Warner’s office stated that the “blockchain-based mobile voting solutions can help meet many of the most urgent challenges in election administration by adding security, transparency, and trust to the system.” The blockchain mobile voting system provides for increased accuracy and speed, elimination of human error, anonymity of votes, and auditability.
There are many challenges involved when utilizing technology, particularly when many different devices are connecting to a network, but if West Virginia’s app proves to be trustworthy, this option will induce further exploration.