It seems that there is no limit to the possible application of blockchain in the world. Blockchain has been used in virtually every sector from finance to humanitarian causes to even sports. One interesting application of blockchain is in the process of voting, whether in elections for public office or for private matters. This is because information recorded on a blockchain cannot be tampered with or erased and as such, blockchain can offer an unprecedented level of efficiency when it comes to elections and this has been applied around the world for this purpose such as in South Korea.
It seems this interest has found its way to the United States as the Virginia State legislature is looking into a new bill that would implement blockchain for the purposes of voting and elections.
Blockchain in Voting
This new bill was pre-filed on December 27, 2019, and is up for reading on January 8, 2020. This new bill is called the House Joint Resolution 23 and requests that the Department of Elections look into the use of blockchain for the securing of election results as well as voter information.
While this bill has a long way to go before it could become a law, it could go on to change the way the 8 million people who live in Virginia vote as a whole. The bill requires that the department not only look into the possibility of blockchain for elections but also to determine whether the costs and benefits of blockchain voting versus the traditional methods. The will also be recommendations given about how best to implement the technology.
It should be noted that the interest in blockchain for voting has already been used by other US states such as West Virginia which conducted their primaries in May 2018 using blockchain and that made it the largest blockchain-run election in the United States. Other states such as Utah and Colorado have also implemented blockchain for the purposes of voting and it seems this trend is spreading across the United States.