Virginia lawmaker calls for study into blockchain-backed state elections


by Mike McSweeney, The Block Crypto

January 6, 2020


A lawmaker in Virginia has submitted a resolution that calls on the state government to study the use of blockchain in elections.


The bill, pre-filed just before the end of the year by State Delegate Hala S. Ayala, calls for the state's Department of Education to "study the use of blockchain technology to protect voter records and election results."


As it further explains:


"In conducting its study, the Department of Elections shall (i) determine the kinds of blockchain technology that could be used to secure voter records and election results, (ii) determine the costs and benefits of using such technology as compared to traditional registration and election security measures, and (iii) make recommendations on whether and how to implement blockchain technology in practices affecting the security of voter records and election results."


The bill, if passed, would further request that the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, which serves as the state's primary IT office, provide assistance during the study...


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