July 21, 2024

West Virginia refuses to use blockchain for voting

West Virginia Election Commission Announces Plans to Use Blockchain ApplicationVoatz for voting.

Secretary of State Mac Warner (Mac Warner) announcedrefusal to use Voatz, so that state citizens traveling (or army) and not able to come to polling stations will not be able to use the mobile voting app. Instead, they were offered a service that allows you to fill out a newsletter online, print it out and send it by mail.

The Voatz app was used duringmidterm elections last year and it was planned to be used for the current primaries. However, after a group of MIT researchers announced they had discovered serious vulnerabilities in the application, its credibility has been shaken. This was not even affected by the fact that the US Department of Homeland Security found no problems during last year's elections. At the time, it was reported that hackers tried to hack Voatz but were unsuccessful.

“If the public does not want it or skepticallyattitude, not sure about the results, then we have to take this into account, ”said Donald Kersey, General Advisor to the Secretary of State.

West Virginia has long been testing blockchain for...holding elections and voting. Back in August 2018, the state made Voatz's blockchain mobile voting app available in all 55 counties in the region.

Also recently, MIT computer technology professor Ronald Rivest said that blockchain is not suitable for organizing voting.