The state of West Virginia is pioneering the use of mobile technology for voting.
In initial tests, which are limited to military personnel in a couple counties, voters will be able to cast votes via an app that is available for iPhone and Android.
The app is reportedly secure.
If all goes well, the state intends to roll it out to a broader population of voters because they want to “encourage voter participation at every level.”
Memo to West Virginia: we’re embroiled nationally in a scandal of epic proportions centered on the idea that Russian hackers hacked our most secure systems.
This idea will not end well.
Not to mention, enabling voters who aren’t already willing to leave their couch to vote via their smartphones probably isn’t the wisest idea in the world.
Here’s more from the Hill…
West Virginia is testing a new secure mobile voting application to help active-duty military members vote in the upcoming May primary election.
Secretary of State Mac Warner (R) announced the pilot program on Wednesday afternoon. It will initially be limited to military voters and their spouses and children who are registered to vote in Harrison and Monongalia counties. However, the state plans to expand the program to all 55 counties in the upcoming November general election if the pilot proves successful.
The app is powered by Blockchain, a type of technology used to secure cryptocurrency that has gained increased attention with the rising popularity of digital currencies such as bitcoin. The technology has already been deployed in health care and other industries to secure data.
Security experts in the wake of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election have increasingly pointed to blockchain technology as a way to secure election systems and ensure confidence in future votes.
West Virginia is the first state to test out a blockchain-based application to administer a federal election.