This Tuesday in the bill presented by Ohio lawmakers, as part of the revision of the Democrats’ electoral law, they propose voting through Blockchain.
The project asks Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, “Establish a pilot program” voting on Blockchain specifically for members of the uniformed services stationed outside the US USA
The bill was introduced by representatives: Beth Liston and Michele Lepore-Hagan, and co-sponsored by 16 other Democrats.
The new method of voting
The bill is detailed in the role of the Blockchain. If approved, the military could transmit their votes to election officials through encrypted technology. Which protects the security and integrity of the process and also protects the privacy of the voter.
In this way, the election receiving board would then print the ballot for counting purposes. The bill says:
“The Secretary of State will select the electoral boards that will participate in the pilot program.”
However, no technology provider is named in the bill. Several companies, including Cleveland’s Votem Company, build chain voting platforms that fit the Democrats’ bill.
Other companies outside of Ohio also build well-known blockchain voting tools, such as Voatz. It has been used in Utah, and in West Virginia military voting pilots.
In this way, the pilot project proposed by the Democrats comes when all the voting systems depend on the Internet. Including those using a Blockchain, they receive strong scrutiny from researchers and security experts who argue that it is impossible to make those systems completely secure.
According to the signers of a letter from the American Association for the Advancement of Science:
“Internet voting should not be used in the future until very strong guarantees of security and verifiability are developed and put into place. Since no known technology guarantees the secrecy, security, and verifiability of a marked ballot transmitted over the Internet. ”
Blockchain and government
Many say that Blockchain only adds more possible attack vectors. However, Blockchain systems continue in the conversation plans around the administration of the votes of the United States.
Within the US government, a large number of states already have limited pilot projects on Blockchain underway, and the technology even made it to a recent memo from the US Senate subcommittee. USA to ensure the continuity of the Senate’s operations.
There are already several legislators who want to use Blockchain in voting. This is a new step for Blockchain within governments, to support each other’s security and information. However, not everyone is confident and secure in the use of technology.