Expanding on the blockchain-voting pilot that allowed overseas military operatives and families to vote during the November 2018 mid-term elections, the mobile voting app will now be used during the 2020 presidential elections, which is a concern to some security experts according to MIT Technology Review, April 18, 2019.
Last year, Boston-based firm Voatz had its blockchain-based mobile voting application tested by West Virginians serving overseas. At the time, it was contested by security experts such as Joseph Lorenzo who had told CNN Business in August of 2018:
“Mobile voting is a horrific idea. It’s internet voting on people’s horribly secured devices, over our horrible networks, to servers that are very difficult to secure without a physical paper record of the vote.”
Additionally, anonymity concerns were raised around the subject of the Voatz database being distributed and operated across 32 computing nodes that run Linux’s Hyperledger Fabric and Hyperledger Sawtooth software on servers owned and operated by big tech companies such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
That said, Voatz went some way to addressing such matters, explaining in an April 9, 2019 blog post:
“When the voter submits their ballot, an anonymous voter ID (AVID) is created in the smartphone application that is cryptographically attached to all voting transactions. Only the voter knows the AVID linked to their own identity.”
According to the Voatz white paper, 160 voters managed to download the app and of them, 147 completed the authentication process, 144 submitted their ballots.
Speaking with LongHash,