West Virginia piloting blockchain voting app in senate election

West Virginia is trialing a voting system for absentee voters in the military using a mobile app powered by blockchain technology.

In a statement Thursday, the West Virginia Secretary of State, Mac Warner, said the pilot is being offered to deployed military personnel and their dependents from the counties of Harrison and Monongalia for the May 8 election for West Virginia’s Senate primary election.

The application is said to provide a more secure and anonymous method for absentee residents to cast their votes.

Further down the road, Warner said the plan is to extend the effort to all 55 of the state’s counties during the 2018 general election in November if the pilot proves to be successful.

 


Write: Sara Bauer


 

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