Maybe a yr and a half after Russian interference was believed to have a key impression on the election of a U.S. president isn’t the very best time to be floating new voting applied sciences. Not for those who’re trying to keep away from some main skepticism, not less than.
But West Virginia goes forward with plans to permit some restricted voting via a smartphone app referred to as Voatz, nonetheless. The plan, spearheaded by West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, will make the most of the Boston-based startup’s know-how to permit troops stationed overseas to vote within the upcoming November midterm.
Both Voatz and Warner, naturally, tout the safety of the app. Indentification requires a person to take a selfie, which is matched with a state I.D. utilizing facial recognition. Ballots are then nameless and recorded with blockchain tech.
Naturally, not everyone seems to be thrilled in regards to the concept.
“Mobile voting is a horrific idea,” the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Joseph Lorenzo Hall, told CNN. “It’s web voting on individuals’s horribly secured gadgets, over our horrible networks, to servers which might be very troublesome to safe with out a bodily paper document of the vote.”
Not a fan, apparently.
The state has been testing the tech, and Warner says that paper will nonetheless be an choice for these serving overseas, even because it presents entry to smartphone voting. The lack of paper path for digital voting, nevertheless, is mostly thought of a little bit of a nonstarter, and up to date occasions will seemingly solely make safety specialists extra cautious of adopting new tech.