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Arizona City Plans To Allow Residents To Vote By Their Phones Using Blockchain Technology


Chandler  Arizona’s City Council unanimously decided to approve a $50,000 pilot program that would conduct a mock election using just cell phones.

The decision by the City Council has residents feeling worried that an election conducted by voters casting their ballots by their cell phones can be easily manipulated.

Chandler’s City Council has a different opinion and has gone on record saying that the mock election will allow residents to cast their ballots with their smart phones by using  blockchain technology that cannot be easily tampered with.

The mock election will be conducted November 2nd but it appears no city in Arizona will be able to vote by cell phones in the near future because as of right now Arizona laws prohibit  Arizona residents from voting in an official state lection by using their cell phones.

Fox 10 News covered the story:

The city of Chandler is considering allowing residents to vote by cell phone.

City council members approved a pilot program on Aug. 26 that would look into utilizing block-chain technology as a secure form of voting from anywhere that would allow more participation in election.

“This pilot program will help us identify the feasibility and interest of using this technology in future City elections, and Council believes this could enhance accessibility, increase voter participation and streamline the election process,” according to Mayor Kevin Hartke.

The concept would first be tested in a mock election later this year for a three-week period after the city’s bond election on Nov. 2.

State law prohibits voting by phone, so the Arizona Legislature would have to act to make this a reality on a larger scale.

San Tan Sun News had more to add:

To test mobile voting the city plans to stage an election after November’s bond election is completed. It would not count, and would just be to see how the system works. Voters would be asked the same questions on the ballot in the Nov. 2 bond election, plus some additional ones the city seeks answers to.

Stewart has been the driving force behind Chandler’s lead in moving toward mobile voting. “I’ve always been kind of a technology nut or an early adopter,” he said. “We’ve been voting like this for so long, it’s kind of archaic in a way.”

Stewart said blockchain voting can fix many of the issues that have been in the national news about election security.

Could blockchain technology be the answer to future secure lections?

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