West Virginia is writing history, as it will become the first state in the US to use blockchain technology in the voting process during the upcoming May 8 Senate election. This will be done through a mobile application and will only be available for deployed military officers from the counties of Harrison and Monongalia, their spouses, and their dependents.

Military officers who are deployed in various parts of the world currently use archaic methods to participate in the voting process. These methods include casting ballots via mail, fax or email.

The officers are thus denied the basic right of anonymity when casting their ballots and often wonder whether their ballots are received in time and if they are counted, according to a statement by West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner. The blockchain-powered mobile app will bring anonymity and transparency to military officers from the two pilot counties and their dependents. Thanks to his 23-year service in the U.S. Army, Secretary Warner knows firsthand how cumbersome the process is and views the blockchain as a godsend.

“The primary goal of this project 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,” reads part of the statement. The project is a partnership between the Office of the Secretary of State of West Virginia and other strategic partners.

They include Tusk/Montgomery Philanthropies, Blockchain Trust Accelerator, New America, and Voatz, a Boston-based tech startup whose platform has been utilized by more than 70,000 voters in various elections. To participate, an eligible voter must first submit a Federal Post Card Application to their county clerk. Read more from themerkle.com…

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