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Blockchain Voting Option For West Virginians Serving Overseas


West Virginians serving overseas will be allowed to vote through a blockchain technology -based smartphone app, CNN reported.

The move, in collaboration with Voatz, the Boston-based developer of the app, is expected to make voting in the upcoming election in November easier for those living abroad.

The state is expected to limit the use of Voatz largely to troops currently serving overseas.

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner said, "There is nobody that deserves the right to vote any more than the guys that are out there, and the women that are out there, putting their lives on the line for us."

The report also cited concerns by election integrity and computer security experts over the prospect of voting by phone amid the increasing cases of hacking.

However, Warner and Voatz insisted that the mobile voting platform, which works through Voatz's facial recognition software, is secure.

To register, voters must upload a photo of their government-issued identification and a selfie-style video of their face through the app. The facial recognition software will ensure the photo and video match. With the approval, voters can cast their ballot using the Voatz app.

According to the company, the ballots are anonymized and recorded on a blockchain public digital ledger. The technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has been used in private elections, including balloting for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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