West Virginia will use blockchain voting in the 2020 presidential elections, the state’s elections director, Donald Kersey, has told LongHash. The operation will pick up where a pilot system left off in the 2018 mid-terms. It remains the only U.S. state to have used blockchain for voting.
The system is aimed at overseas and military voters, whose turnout is notoriously low year after year. Only 7 percent of overseas voters turned out for the 2016 presidential election, according to the Federal Voting Assistance Program, compared with 72 percent on American soil. The possibility of voting via a smartphone is thought to make an otherwise laborious process quick and simple, without compromising integrity.