Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Monday, 13 August 2018

Americans call it “ Voatz “





Some 5 years ago when I proposed voting using a Mobile App , I called it :


VotesApp   [  18  Aug  2013  ]



Now American state of West Verginia is about to launch it , by calling it “ Voatz “





Extract  :


According to a CNN report published Monday, the state plans to let soldiers who are permanent residents of the state but are serving overseas vote via their smartphones using a blockchain voting app called  Voatz.  It will mark the first time U.S. citizens can vote via mobile app.



To use Voatz, soldiers will first need to prove they are who they claim to be. The registration process involves uploading a photo of their government-issued ID and a video of their face, taken like a selfie.

The app’s facial recognition software will look at both the photo and video to ensure they depict the same person.


{  On 15 Dec 2015 , I edited my VotesApp blog to add :
     Vote will get recorded only when that Voter takes a Selfie - which will get matched automatically , with his Aadhar Card photo    }



After this verification process, the soldiers will be all set to cast their vote. Once they do, the app anonymizes the ballots and records the votes on a blockchain, a secure digital ledger that’s nearly tamperproof.



West Virginia’s Secretary of State Mac Warner insists Voatz is secure. Historically, election security has been one of his top priorities — earlier this year, he secured $6.5 million in federal funding to spend on equipment, cybersecurity, and training to ensure the state’s elections are safe and secure.



West Virginia already tested Voatz in two counties during the primary elections, and several audits of the voting app revealed no issues. We’ll just have to wait to see if the same holds true in November. If it does, more governments could adopt blockchain-supported voting apps in the future.





Related blogs ( sent as emails to Cabinet Ministers / NITI Aayog etc ) :


How to save Rs 5511 Crores  ………………………..[  12  Dec  2015  ]

One day Polling is Possible  ……………………………[  31  March  2016  ]

 

The Greatest Reform ?  …………………………………..[  12  June  2016  ]

 

ONE POLL ; ONE TIME ? ……………….. ……………….[  06  Sept  2016  ]

 

One Nation , One Vote ?  ………………………………….[  29  Nov  2016  ]

 

Electoral Reforms Capsule : A Bitter Pill ? ………..[  05  Feb  2017  ]

 

A Blue Print for VotesApp ?  ………………………………[  25  April  2017  ]

 

Block Chain for Voting ?  …………………………………..[  11  March  2018  ]

 

Of late , there is considerable debate on holding of “ Simultaneous Polls “ of the State Assemblies with the Lok Sabha in 2019

 

This dream cannot be realized without implementing    Votes App

 

14  Aug  2018

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