US West Virginia Electoral Supervisor: Plan to re-use blockchain technology to vote in presidential elections

Donald Kersey, the head of the US West Virginia Office of State Affairs, commented on the state’s use of the blockchain platform for voting in the 2018 midterm elections, saying he was satisfied with the election and responded to voters. Surprised: Of the less than 1,000 overseas votes, 144 people voted with the app, but more than 200 voters downloaded the app (but the county does not support this voting route). But at the same time, the move was strongly opposed. Critics called it "a terrible idea," and others pointed to Voatz, a startup that provides technical support. One of the comments was "Unable to secure mobile devices," and Kersey agreed. Although the official said that it can check whether the mobile phone is installed with malware, this is not a perfect solution. Voatz has therefore been improving. In addition, some people think that Voatz has too much control, but Kersey believes that Voatz itself does not have direct access to the server. Kersey also acknowledges the limitations of blockchain technology, but he said: "In an ideal world, we don't store electronic votes anywhere, but write all the votes on paper. But when only 7% of overseas soldiers participate in the voting, You can't just wait for an 'ideal' solution. Ultimately, our plan is to have another blockchain vote in the presidential election. We hope this will be part of the West Virginia vote."