Virginia Utilizes Blockchain For Elections

January 7, 2020 5:34 PM UTC

The Virginia state assembly is planning to bring elections and voting reform by examining blockchain technology, as it can help to bring transparency by removing voter fraud and increase turnout. Also, it can be a useful instrument for the election commission as blockchain can help to reduce the expense of conducting elections, streamline vote checking, and guarantee that all votes are calculated.

In a federal election, West Virginia was the initial state that successfully conducted blockchain-powered mobile voting. In United States history, West Virginia’s essential finished the principal government-run, blockchain-upheld vote.

In Virginia’s General Assembly, another bill was pre-filed on Dec. 27, to further research into blockchain-based elections. The bill, asks the Elections commission to decide if blockchain innovation ought to be considered to verify voter records and election results.

The Bill Could Reform Virginia’s Elections

The protector of the bill is cybersecurity expert Hala Ayala (D-51)  and state delegates. It is at present hanging tight for council task and will have a lengthy, difficult experience in front of it on its approach to possibly turning out to be a law. In any case, it could change the way the voting condition of more than 8,000,000 individuals votes. 

The relevant Virginia office will likewise need to decide if the expenses and advantages of utilizing blockchain innovation exceed those of conventional enlistment and election security measures. The department is additionally expected to make proposals on the best way to actualize the blockchain technology.

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