The US Representative for Florida’s 9th district shared positive feedback regarding plans of integrating blockchain in US elections as the United States Postal Service (USPS) filed a blockchain-based mail-in voting patent to address matters targeting the integrity of postal service to deliver fraud-free election results.
Rep. Darren Soto told Cointelegraph that he thinks this initiative by the postal office to embrace blockchain on their system was a “great idea” and that he was “excited for the agency” that moves on considering this development.
With less than 70 days until the November 2020 general elections, mail-in voting remained a hot subject that concerns voters. After the Republican President posted doubts on voting by mail, but turned out to request mail-in ballots for Florida primaries, sparked left and right comments from American voters, on whether to consider this method of casting their ballots or risk their lives in lining-up to precinct polls comes November.
The Congressman acknowledged the urgency this calls as cases of coronavirus continue to surge in the country. However, he thinks that it’s too early to incorporate such a system in the upcoming primaries, but “certainly I could see it being utilized very soon, over the next couple of election cycles,” Soto claimed.
Soto was hopeful of the possible collaboration that this blockchain mail-in voting system may create between the USPS and other governing entities who oversee election activities. He further explained with Cointelegraph that the transition of this system may begin gradually since digital voting is already active in some locations, citing, for instance, email voting by U.S. military participants located in other countries.
With the privacy features this technology offers, it will help eliminate illicit activities that may compromise the integrity of the election, and it will strengthen voting transparency for this new system allows voters to print out proof of their completed votes, based on the equipment used to cast their ballots. Soto described the process of how this will work, “the USPS and their technology would be sending out QR codes and storing digital IDs and votes on the blockchain," and added that, "they’d even be able to separate ID from votes, to preserve anonymity.”
As the co-chairman of the governmental group focused on blockchain-related policy, the US representative told Cointelegraph that as of date, there has been no update on the patent relating to this endeavor though he clarified that budget for this is on the way.