New Blockchain Technology Solution for Remote Voting
Following a year of investigation and collaboration, two Boston-based companies, Voatz, Inc. and Clear Ballot Group, Inc. are announcing a partnership to accelerate the introduction of secure, accessible remote voting in elections. Voatz brings an open source blockchain platform designed for secure, high volume remote voting on smartphones and tablets. It has been independently evaluated for security and has already been piloted successfully in several private and municipal elections in 2016. Clear Ballot, a voting system company, has provided the Voatz team with election industry knowledge, market requirements and a rich sample election dataset that allows their engineers to understand and build support for the complexities and scale of real elections.
Key portions of the user interface and the Voatz backend technology will be demonstrated at the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors meetings held at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. from February 15-17, 2017.
Nimit Sawhney, Co-Founder and CEO of Voatz said: “Both companies recognize that there are a number of questions that must be adequately addressed before a large-scale deployment of remote voting is possible. These include end-to-end verification, voter anonymity, authentication, security, cost, ease of deployment, scalability, user experience and most importantly – public trust. I strongly believe that this partnership puts us in a great position to address these challenges to enable millions of citizens to benefit from the convenience and security offered by this new technology paradigm.”
Founder and CEO of Clear Ballot, Larry Moore commented: “Innovation in elections takes too long and there are too many barriers to entry in this market. I am convinced that the fastest way to accelerate election innovation is for voting system companies, like Clear Ballot, to help promising new technology companies with technical support, election industry knowledge, regulatory requirements and market access. An example is that people want to vote on their smartphone. Two of the challenges to remote voting have been security and accessibility. Blockchain technology coupled with smartphones and tablets have the potential to solve these problems, but this pairing must be rigorously assessed before widespread deployment. With this partnership, we break down the barriers to entry and begin the innovation cycle to address the need for secure, accessible, remote voting.”
By working together, Voatz and Clear Ballot hope to tackle the problem of secure, accessible remote voting by providing a convenient solution to registered voters. Participants will receive a sample ballot on their smartphone and make their selections using the simple features of an app. Then, when the polls open, users will bring their smartphone with their pre-marked ballot to the polling location. By building the app on the blockchain architecture, it is expected that eventually the voter will be able to cast their ballot from anywhere in the world.