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Exclusive: First presidential vote cast using blockchain technology

FOX News

New York Post writer Jon Levine on how a Democratic operative admitted to fraud. With the 2020 presidential election less than a few weeks away -- encumbered yet again by questions and concerns surrounding ballot security and fraud -- revolutionary blockchain voting technology is being piloted in small pockets of the country. And Tuesday marked the first time a vote has ever been cast for a U.S. president in the general election using such an app on a personal mobile phone, Fox News has learned exclusively. "This is a historic day not only for ballot integrity and election systems but for liberty and the republic itself," Josh Daniels, a Utah resident, told Fox News in a statement. His vote went to former "Mighty Ducks" child actor turned cryptocurrency entrepreneur turned 2020 independent candidate Brock Pierce.


Online Voting

Communications of the ACM

When it comes to elections, nine of 10 security experts agree that cellulose is safer than electricity.a The best way to vote, they say, is to take the horse-and-buggy down to town on election day, mark up a paper ballot, and put it in a ballot box. The very thought of online voting is anathema. Yet, the status quo in voting is hardly secure, and online voting is inevitable. The agenda for concerned security experts should be to assure online voting is more secure than paper voting.


Blockchain voting: Can it help secure our elections?

ZDNet

Government officials, pundits, and citizens alike have often commented about or bemoan the fact that many elections are plagued by low voter turnout. Yes, Blockchain could reverse the course of civilization and upend the world's most powerful companies Businesses often win by centralizing resources and extracting value, and today's governments and financial systems empower them to do it. Meanwhile, voter fraud or other threats to the integrity of elections are an ongoing problem for election officials. Read also: Could blockchain be the missing link in electronic voting? Online voting -- as an alternative to paper ballots or electronic voting machines -- has been suggested as a way to not only boost the number of active voters, but possibly even address election security and integrity issues.


Smartphone Voting Is Happening, But No One Knows If It's Safe

WIRED

When news hit this week that West Virginian military members serving abroad will become the first people to vote by phone in a major US election this November, security experts were dismayed. For years, they have warned that all forms of online voting are particularly vulnerable to attacks, and with signs that the midterm elections are already being targeted, they worry this is exactly the wrong time to roll out a new method. Experts who spoke to WIRED doubt that Voatz, the Boston-based startup whose app will run the West Virginia mobile voting, has figured out how to secure online voting when no one else has. At the very least, they are concerned about the lack of transparency. "From what is available publicly about this app, it's no different from sending voting materials over the internet," says Marian Schneider, president of the nonpartisan advocacy group Verified Voting.


West Virginians abroad in 29 countries have voted by mobile device, in the biggest blockchain-based voting test ever

Washington Post - Technology News

Nearly 140 West Virginians living abroad in 29 countries have cast their election ballots in an unprecedented pilot project that involves voting remotely by mobile device, according to state officials. The statewide pilot, which covers 24 of West Virginia's 55 counties, uses a mixture of smartphones, facial recognition and the same technology that underpins bitcoin -- the blockchain -- in an effort to create a large-scale and secure way for service members, Peace Corps volunteers or other Americans living overseas to participate in the midterm elections. West Virginia is the first state to run a blockchain-based voting project at such a scale, state officials say. And if adopted more widely, the technology could make it easier to vote and potentially reduce long lines at the polls. But many security experts worry that the technology may not be ready for broader use -- and could even contain vulnerabilities that risks the integrity of elections.