Tusk Philanthropies, a platform that claims to be focused on advancing distributed ledger technology (DLT) based mobile voting, has announced that Utah County will use its blockchain solution for mobile voting in its upcoming municipal primary election in August 2019, according to a press release on July 23, 2019.
Utah Adopts Blockchain for Voting
As stated in its press release, Utah County is ready to join a growing list of U.S. states that have trialled blockchain-based mobile voting.
Specifically, the Utah County Elections Division is collaborating with Voatz, Tusk Philanthropies and the National Cybersecurity Center to implement mobile voting in their upcoming municipal primary election in August 2019.
The pilot will enable active-duty military personnel, their eligible dependents and overseas voters to vote with their smartphones.
How will it Work?
Reportedly, eligible voters will be able to participate in the electoral process by opting in to vote electronically on their devices.
The voters will be required to fill out an absentee ballot request form, complete their identity verification and authentication process on the Voatz system and submit their ballot for the election.
Also, the team says eligible UOCAVA voters registered in Utah County will be able to cast their ballots through a smartphone for local races in Eagle Mountain, Highland, Lehi, Mapleton, Orem, Pleasant Grove, Santaquin, and Springville, as well as City Council seats 3 and 4 in Provo.
For the uninitiated, UOCAVA citizens are American citizens that are in active service in the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and their eligible family members and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.
With the pilot, troops and overseas citizens serving abroad who previously had to rely on using absentee paper ballots will now easily participate in elections.
Commenting on the exciting development, Lieutenant Governor of Utah, Spencer Cox reiterated that:
“This blockchain pilot project is emblematic of Utah’s commitment to safe, efficient elections for all, especially our brave military and their families all over the world. The opportunity for these Utahns to vote via smartphone, enables them to securely participate in the democratic processes they are serving to protect.”
While blockchain technology is already gaining huge traction in the financial and supply chain sectors of the global economy, it appears the nascent technology could revolutionize the voting system if given a chance.