BY SARA FRIEDMAN for GCN:
West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner charged his elections team with finding a way to make voting in the 2018 presidential election easier for service members and overseas citizens. After working through a blockchain-based voting pilot, 144 West Virginia voters living abroad were able to cast their ballots through their mobile phones last November.
According to a 2018 report by the Federal Voting Assistance Program, only 6.9 percent of eligible service members and overseas citizens cast a ballot in the 2016 elections; Warner wanted to change that paradigm. Warner’s son, who was deployed in Italy and registered to vote in Monongalia County, cast the first ballot in the initial test of the blockchain-based solution ahead of the state’s primary elections in May 2018.
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