West Virginians Abroad Will Vote by Blockchain in 202032

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.

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