Make Your Vote Count
Make Your Vote Count
The 2018 presidential election was rife with issues, from email scandals to accusations of Russian interference. Although it might not have made headline news, there were other problems on Election Day… problems that plague elections of all kinds both in the United States and around the world:
Lines that wrap around the block. Trouble finding and getting to a voting location. Absentee ballots that don’t end up in the right place. Trouble proving your identity. Wondering if your vote ever got counted…
Jonathan Johnson, who runs Overstock.com’s Medici Ventures, has a solution for all of this — and it could change the way the world votes.
This new system uses blockchain to allow people to vote from a smartphone… from anywhere in the world.
How Does Blockchain Voting Work?
Blockchain voting is a process by which voters can prove their identity, cast their vote and even check to ensure their vote has been counted…
… All without leaving the house, whether they’re at home or across the world.
Medici Ventures’ creation is called Voatz.It’s an app that uses a multistep identification process that authenticates voters before they can access their ballot.
Voters must provide their fingerprint through a smartphone’s biometric reader. Then they scan their driver’s license or passport. The last step is to take a “selfie,” which the system compares with the photo on their driver’s license or state ID that’s recorded on the state’s database.
Once the voter has passed the authentication process, the app opens the ballot. After selecting candidates and reviewing their selections, the voter then submits the ballot electronically and the information is posted through the blockchain.
What Happens After a Vote Is Cast?
The great thing about voting via blockchain is that your vote is confirmed through the entire chain before it’s officially registered. The process is anonymous and heavily encrypted, protecting voter information.
Once a vote has been cast, the system creates a printed paper ballot that joins the others to be counted by officials. This leaves both an electronic trail and a paper trail that can be verified and audited.
One of the best features of the Voatz system is that once you’ve submitted your ballot, you can audit your own vote…
… Making sure that your vote counts.
As we filmed Money Revealed, Jonathan Johnson shared that the state of Virginia had already used this system successfully in an election. Since then, Denver, Colorado, has adopted Voatz for a municipal election as well.
In both cases, Voatz was used for military personnel and their families stationed overseas. Multiple audits following the elections showed positive results.
Will we be seeing more blockchain voting in the next election?
Whether or not your county adopts Voatz for the next election, blockchain ventures like this (and others Jonathan shared in his interview) are sure to play a major role in the future…
Dr. Patrick Gentempo