Michigan Dem Convention Successfully Completes Elections Using Voatz Blockchain Voting App
- Blockchain voting protocol, Voatz, used in virtual Democratic Convention voting.
- This marks the fourth time it is being used in Michigan.
- Doubts over the sustainability and hacking of blockchain voting apps persist.
The Michigan Democratic Party Convention successfully used remote blockchain technology for the fourth time to conduct voting across the state party nominations to the Supreme Court among other nominees. This represents the first time the mobile voting blockchain app, Voatz, which was used by virtual voters to follow guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The remote voting platform saw over 2,000 Michigan democratic party delegates vote and send their signature nominations for various positions in Michigan state, including the state’s Supreme Court, various candidates on the state board of education, and a select number of members in universities’ board of directors.
Voatz, a Boston-based mobile voting app, collaborated with the delegates and Michigan party delegates ensuring smooth and successful voting for the November general elections race. This marks the fourth time Michigan Democratic Party Convention has used the blockchain voting app, but the first time it happened virtually.
Speaking on the effects and impacts of blockchain voting, Christy Jensen, Executive Director of the Michigan Democratic Party said,
“Voatz enabled our delegates to be verified remotely and participate through their smartphones. The convenience, safety, and accessibility of voting this way were eye-opening for everyone who participated.”
The blockchain voting app was built in an all-inclusive collaboration with the party itself, the voters, and delegates. Furthermore, Voatz tirelessly worked on “education, training, and smooth rollout of the remote voting app” to ensure those who could not vote using the system were offered a help desk. The CEO of Voatz, Nimit Sawhney added,
“These are such uncertain times in so many regards, including voting, and we wanted to ensure a seamless remote experience. We're happy to have seen such positive turnout from thousands of voters, who were able to cast their votes safely and securely.”
The blockchain app has also been used across several states for elections including West Virginia’s mid-term elections in 2018, integration in Denver, Colorado municipal elections, last year’s Utah municipal elections, and recently Arizona state republican party convention elections.
Despite the maturing market for blockchain voting apps, MIT University researchers released a report earlier in the year claiming the Voatz was susceptible to hacking dues to security vulnerabilities. However, Voatz responded, stating the MIT Research performed their analysis on an outdated platform and the results are flawed.