What’s Going On?
The United States’ West Virginia has introduced blockchain-based voting in time for the nation’s much-anticipated midterm elections.
Why Does It Matter?
The state’s decision to introduce mobile voting comes as the US grapples with Russian interference in its elections, reported CNN. Federal authorities have outlined Russia’s attempts to hack US voting infrastructure in the 2016 presidential race and have warned of new attempts to interfere with the upcoming midterm election.
West Virginia voters who want to make use of the new system must first register with the voting app by taking a photo of their government-issued ID in a video which includes their face, it was reported.
Why West Virginia?
West Virginia became the latest US state to recognise blockchain data as as official electronic records when Governor John Kasich signed the bill, SB 300, into legislation, reported EFT Trends.
With 270,000 employees, Ohio in West Virginia is second only to New York City as a location for US bank and insurance company headquarters, reported Government Technology.
Valentina Isakina, JobsOhio financial services managing director told Government Technology: “In Ohio, blockchain innovators can thrive in their efforts to develop new products and applications for the financial industry and beyond. Many companies looking to expand their blockchain and R&D operations are rapidly growing job creators, and Ohio is now even more attractive to these businesses.”