Government Association Endorses Blockchain for Elections
The 2020 US elections were a painful display of a breakdown in
public trust. Declining trust in elections threatens democratic
institutions all over the world, and it is imperative we restore it
in our democratic institutions.
US Federal law requires that overseas, military, and disabled
voters have access to remote voting. States permit the use of
email, fax, or mail-in ballots. However, many of these methods used
today lack the security required to maintain integrity of the
election results. The most important aspect in restoring trust is
to manage all ballots securely, whether paper or electronic.
Susan Eustice, Chair of the Government Blockchain Association (GBA)
Voting Working Group has a lifetime of experience with elections.
Her father invented the first mechanical voting machine, and she
has been a researcher in the election and technology field for over
60 years. Eustice stated, "The same technologies banks use to move
trillions of dollars each day can be made private and secure enough
for elections by adding blockchain technology."
However, there are two reasons why mobile devices and blockchain
are typically not used for federal elections:
- There is a concern that internet-connected systems cannot be made
private and secure for elections.
- The standard used by laboratories to certify election systems is
called the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (V VSG) published by
the US Elections Assistance Commission (EAC). However, the VVSG
prohibits election systems connected to the internet.
The GBA has released two reports to address these issues.
- The GBA Voting Working Group reviewed the V VSG and identified
the changes needed to enable the certification of Remote Accessible
Ballot Delivery, Marking & Return (RABDMR). This contribution
is offered to the EAC to revise the VVSG and include using
blockchain & mobile devices for certifying election systems.
Download the VVSG Supplement for Remote Accessible Ballot Delivery
Marking & Return (RABDMR).
- The GBA assembled industry experts to debate remote digital
voting at an event called Blockchain & Voting. Consequently,
the participants agreed to draft a report comparing the functional
and security considerations of available remote ballot return
methods. The report can be downloaded at Remote Election Technology
The work that the GBA has done and continues to do to support the
use of blockchain technology, securing elections and public
confidence in public institutions is paramount. For more
information visit www.GBAglobla.org or contact
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