Getting Another Vote Of Confidence Is Voatz, The Blockchain-Based Voting App
Here comes Voatz with the ease of voting for all. Why should it be viewed as a promising application of blockchain technology? This article is explaining all the whys.
Why Vote ForVoatz?
In the tech field right now, there is a controversial blockchain-based mobile voting app put to the test again called Voatz. Revealing it the city of Denver has agreed to implement a mobile voting pilot in the municipal election using the four-year-old Boston based start-up’s technology offering exclusively to the active-duty military as the eligible dependents and overseas voters using the smartphones. The voters were notified that they can use Voatz via a newsletter along with a link to sign up to participate in case they choose to.
With funding led by the venture arm of Overstock.com, Voatz raised $ 2.2 million saying it has conducted more than 30 successful pilots already and two of these in West Virginia has thereby attracted the financial backing of Tusk Philanthropies which is the philanthropic operation of the investor, operator, and strategist Bradley Tusk featured in the New Yorker for the involvement in both of the efforts.
There was one which was a small pilot project in West Virginia giving overseas citizens with members of the military stationed abroad access to Voatz thereby casting ballots on their phones as though it was open only to the residents of the two counties. Put to test again in the midterm elections, the technology was rested by 150 people voting from 24 out of the state’s 55 counties.
What Does Tusk Have To Say About Voatz?
Talking to Tusk, it was about both efforts and more generally about Voatz as Tusk hasn’t funded whereas the mission of enabling more people to vote more easily as he aggressively advocates and even though mobile voting, blockchain-based apps, and Voatz have been particularly criticized as potentially vulnerable to hacking, as spending the first 20 years of the career in politics Tusk and his view it is unless more people are being empowered thereby advocating politically from their phones as politicians continue to respond to the far smaller number of voters showing up at the polls.
Having hired outside examiners to assess the first West Virginia pilot Tusk believes Voatz works including Andre McGregor who is a former FBI cyber special agent who comes to be now the global head of security for TLDR the company specializing in blockchain technology explaining why it is partnering with the city of Denver as also the National Cybersecurity Center which comes to be a non-profit organization created as an office within US Department of Homeland Security whereas Tusk Philanthropies invited Voatz to be a partner in Denver’s mobile voting endeavor. According to a Tusk spokesperson, Colorado had also explored developing an open-source mobile voting platform that simply doesn’t exist yet.
It’s conceivable that Voatz is certainly no less secure than existing options for overseas military personal often submitting their votes via email as the ballots are transmitted between up to 32 permissioned computers which have to agree algorithmically that a ballot comes to be legitimate before it gets recorded as well as counted where it is only after a voter has been identified through numerous other steps. In these steps comes a voter providing a phone number and an eight-digit pin submitting a photo of his or her driver’s license and the voter must then shoot and submit a video of their face thereby processed by facial recognition technology confirming the face in the video belongs to the same person registered as a state voter.
Finally, the city of Denver additionally conducts its audit to assuage any lingering concerns where the Tusk Philanthropies is working with the cybersecurity partner ShiftState conducting an independent audit additionally to the internal audit done by of Voatz. With 4,000 international voters, the city of Denver comes eligible to use the app. It is interesting that despite the efficiencies Voatz promises the voting process to be more than an easy one. According to the region’s city magazine, 5280 fully 65 candidates have thereby tossed their hats in the ring for public offices. Thereafter as far-flung military personnel will be using a blockchain-based app as the placement of each mayoral candidate on the ballot is still to be determined in decidedly old school fashion thereby drawing their names out of a bingo-ball turner.
The Concluding Thoughts OnVoatz
With Voatz comes an era of ease in voting extending to the out of station voters. It is promising as the voters can enjoy the ease of the blockchain technology application. We are sure this is promising and keeping the fingers crossed to know more about the future of voting.