In the recent terms of events, lawyers for election integrity have filed a case against the Georgia election officials stating that they have been intentionally destroying the evidence. These pieces of evidence can prove that there has been tampering with the election results and its voting system.
The advocates have mentioned that the touchscreen voting machines that Georgia has been using since 2002 are not secure and are vulnerable to hacking. The security measures have been questioned before in the trials and during the committees as well. However, people from the State’s office have been denying the allegations and calling them false accusations.
Can blockchain help in solving this problem?
When we see these things, adapting blockchain-based technology for tasks sounds like a better option, and the government should proceed in this direction. Parts of the U.S. have already started taking steps in the course of using blockchain technology for the process of voting.
Last year, West Virginia decided to adopt the blockchain technology and took a step that no U.S. state has made before. They offered the overseas voters the option to cast their votes using a blockchain-based mobile app. Voatz is the company that West Virginia worked with, and the data they provided showed that 144 individuals from 31 countries submitted their votes successfully.
This experiment was considered successful, and West Virginia has decided to use this for their 2020 elections again. Voatz has been working hard for the implementation of this technology, and it has been proved successful too. Recently Voatz has teamed up and made deals for Denver’s May municipal election.
Recently Utah government has also decided to collaborate with Voatz, and they are ready to offer the blockchain-based voting system. This system can help active military members, their eligible dependents, and people who are overseas but have the voting rights to participate in voting.
Voatz’s blockchain-based mobile application is set to be supported and protected by military-grade security tech. The blockchain protocol is a way to log in and verify transparent records which are distributed among other users. Blockchain-based voting will help the users to do the task of counting of voters on their own by giving them a copy of voting records.
This will ensure a safe and transparent voting pattern, and there won’t be any illegal votes as the users will keep track of the voting system. This will also help shift the power and trust of central authorities to the tech-enabled community.