First Blockchain State Elections Completed in West Virginia

West Virginia broke records today as the coming the first government run blockchain supported state election in US history. The primary election closed on May 8 as most of the votes were cast via regular ballots, however certain voters within districts were able to vote on their mobile phone via blockchain based platform.

Developed by Voatz, the blockchain mobile voting platform was only available to a select group of voters which included deployed military members, citizens who were eligible to vote as an absentee as well as their spouses or dependents.

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Voting took place within two West Virginia counties, Monongalia and Harrison.  The voting audit will be performed by the employees of Voatz as well as clerks from both counties.

After the audit, Secretary of State Mac Warner put aside if future upcoming general elections in November will implement this blockchain program. The decision to implement the blockchain voting system was undertaken by Sec. Warner in order to improve accessibility and enhance voter confidence within the electoral system.

The communications director, Mike Queen predicts that Warner will move ahead with statewide implementation.

A final decision will be made by one or by mid-July on whether to expand the blockchain voting program. He believes that blockchain based voting is a real viable option moving forward. Many other states are also asking about this mobile voting solution and are highly interested in implementing it for their own state.

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