U.S. City Of Denver To Use Blockchain-Based Mobile Voting System For Its Overseas Voters
Denver, the capital city of the U.S. state of Colorado, is set to use blockchain-based smartphone app in its municipal elections scheduled for May this year.
Tusk Philanthropies announced on Thursday, March 7 that the state will roll out mobile voting based on blockchain technology in the City and County of Denver.
Per the announcement, the mobile voting platform will allow “active-duty military, their eligible dependents and [other] overseas voters,” to vote during the Denver municipal elections using their smartphones.
The news outlet notes that the users who access the app will be eligible voters who will participate in the local election by choosing to vote electronically.
The article further states that these voters will be able to take part by filling out “an absentee ballot request,” before completing the authentication process via the smartphone application. Once authenticated, the voters will “submit their ballot for the election” the news release explains.
Denver has reportedly signed a collaborative partnership with three firms that will help launch the blockchain voting project. These include Voatz, a mobile voting application that was used to facilitate mobile voting in West Virginia during the primary elections.
The Voatz platform also featured in last November’s federal elections in West Virginia, with its software used for secure facial recognition of voters by matching it to their government-issued ID. The blockchain-based voting system was used by the state’s overseas residents, including military personnel.
Similar to what Denver intends to do; Voatz’s use in West Virginia (in March and in November) last year was also limited to eligible military voters and overseas residents.
Other partners collaborating with the Colorado state on this project are Tusk Philanthropies for technical solutions and the National Cybersecurity Center.
The use of blockchain technology continues to find widespread use in numerous sectors of the global economy, with elections being one of the areas to see increased innovation.
Like their U.S. counterparts, a number of major cities around the world have launched plans- or revealed the intention to do so- for the implementation of this tech in their voting systems.
In Moscow, the city’s leadership sought to implement a blockchain-based e-voting system for parliamentary elections. The government of Catalonia (an autonomous region in Spain) has also begun plans to implement an e-voting system based on blockchain technology.
The same efforts have been duplicated in Seoul, South Korea, where authorities plan to use the innovation around blockchain in its services.
The blockchain is already finding widespread use in financial technology, supply chain management, health, agriculture, and insurance among many other sectors of the global economy.
And while governments and regulators continue to express concern about crypto and initial coin offerings (ICOs), their efforts to support blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) innovation is growing by the day, including in the U.S. where Congress has received bills seeking to promote the industry.
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