As the November elections loom less than 100 days away, the latest Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll finds that 60 percent of voters support a mail-in option, but at the same time, Seventy-eight percent of voters in the poll said they’re at least a little bit concerned about voter tampering. Which poses the question, does technology provide better solutions than paper mail-in voting?
Last month, mobile voting app Voatz launched Safe Vote WV to help West Virginians cast their November votes using a secure blockchain-based platform from the comfort of their own homes without exposing themselves or others to COVID-19. This is also especially helpful to military members stationed abroad or the disabled.
Montana is also using advanced mobile voting software from Votem, one of several U.S. companies offering secure blockchain-based online voting solutions.
According to research by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), worldwide, more than 50 elections have been postponed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are proving to be good options for organizing and conducting free and fair elections during the pandemic.
According to a survey from OneLogin, both Democrats and Republicans expect voting to go digital within the next five years. Younger voters were found to be more interested in online voting than seniors. Almost half of millennials and 55% of Gen Z respondents said they would be more likely to vote online. Only a third of people over 74 said they would be ok with it.
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