The United States Patent and Trademark Office publicly released on Thursday a patent filed by the US Postal Service, following Trump’s threats of defunding the agency over his baseless fraud theories.
USPS Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Voting System https://t.co/dxJd2LaMDw— CryptoSpaniards (@CryptoSpaniards) August 16, 2020
The patent originally filed on February 7 by the US Mail service became public after news broke that the Republican President has plans of blocking any proposed funding on the agency. The document, as Cryptoslate reported, details the use of blockchain technology to secure mail-in voting and to protect its business over Trump’s groundless attack on the system’s integrity to deliver a transparent, reliable, and honest results. Trump’s lack of confidence at the mail-in service system reached to a certain point that he admitted in a phone interview a possibility of a tough negotiation on legislation that includes budget assisting the mail-in service; Several Republicans and Democrats were alarmed on the comments made by the President who fears such voting option could hurt his reelection chances.
USPS had considered integrating the blockchain technology to its system to uphold the American voters’ trust and confidence on the paper-based voting service it offers, it understands the voter’s need for a safe and convenient way to cast their votes without compromising the quality of the result of an election amid a pandemic. This technology is known to have features that process the various amount of data and guarantees data anonymity, leaving no room for fraudulent or illicit activity to hamper its output as what its developers and the people responsible for this technology claims. This process that the agency envisions to have, includes a computer-readable code that confirms the identification of the voter and ensures the voter’s ballots indicate the correct information in the system. Forbes shared that blockchain identity services are being widely developed and by adopting this technology, votes would transmit almost instantly as it uses a shared distributed ledger that ensures the ballots corresponds to the votes cast, reducing the vulnerability of data tampering and alteration, a comment yet to addressed by the Postal service as of press time.
USPS press officer may not have a direct and immediate response on matters concerning its timetable of testing this method, but it doesn’t mean this plan was an abrupt response to the issues involving the independent agency. It was has been exploring the use of blockchain tech since 2016.
Decrypt noted that this may not change Trump and his administration’s views on mail-in voting but it may lead to possibilities of an improved process in the future. It may, the technology framework itself, may shock voters as Domino.Vote CEO explained with the digital news outlet, “People are not really ready to get this level of transparency, and this level of democracy, in government.”
Blockchain-based voting systems have drawn attention since the pandemic hit, and several countries like China, Japan, and South Korea have invested much in its research and development to integrate blockchain-driven technology into its governance system.