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Denver to Employ Mobile Voting Blockchain Platform Aimed at Military, Overseas Voters

March 7, 2019
Giancarlo Roma


Denver to Employ Mobile Voting Blockchain Platform Aimed at Military, Overseas Voters

The United States city of Denver will use a blockchain-based smartphone app for voting in its municipal election this coming May. This news comes via a press release published on PR Newswire earlier today.

Denver will be the second United States jurisdiction to partner with Tusk Philanthropies to employ a blockchain-based mobile voting effort. Last year, Tusk joined forces with the Voatz app to launch a secure, military mobile voting application for the May and November primaries, as well as the general elections, which marks the first time a state offered blockchain-based mobile voting in a federal election.

This pilot with Denver, the capital city of Colorado, will allow “active-duty military, their eligible dependents and overseas voters” to cast their vote remotely on the Voatz app. “By voting using their secure mobile phones,” the release states, “individuals can complete the necessary paperwork from their device and forgo the time-consuming process of printing and scanning paperwork.” Moreover, “overseas voters will have the opportunity to verify their ballot was both received and recorded correctly for the election,” providing transparency and peace of mind.

In a quote included in the release, Bradley Tusk, founder and CEO of Tusk Philanthropies spoke about the importance of using blockchain technology to effectively fix America’s “broken” democracy:

“The one thing everyone agrees on is that our democracy is broken, and politicians make policy decisions based on political inputs and usually nothing else. With turnout this low in national elections, of course we’re stuck with rampant polarization and dysfunction. That only changes if turnout soars. That only happens if we move into the 21st century and let people use the tool already in their pockets: their phone. Blockchain makes it secure and feasible. And the Denver Elections Division deserves a tremendous amount of credit for being one of the first to implement an innovative and convenient solution to fix the underlying issues in our government.”

In recent months, large cities across the globe — like Moscow, Seoul, and the Catalan government — have unveiled plans to employ blockchain technology in their voting processes.