Victor Ugochukwu · Oct 18, 2020 . 6min read
Trump Administration led US Postal Service – USPS File a Patent for Secure Blockchain Voting System
The system separates voter identification and votes to ensure vote anonymity, and stores vote on a distributed ledger in a blockchain.
By Victor Ugochukwu · Aug 18, 2020 . 7min read
Barely just a few weeks before November 3rd Presidential Election, the Trump administration files a patent for blockchain voting through its embattled US Postal Service – USPS calling it “The Secure Voting System.
Mail-in voting has been a subject of hot controversy over the months. So much so that even Twitter had to start fact-checking the POTUS’s tweets. The former did because the latter claims the process would support widespread voter fraud. The President and his conservative supporter have since decried of censorship by the social media platform.
Consequently, Democrats continue to push for the system which of course will be managed by the USPS. This is a federal agency presently under the control of the Trump Administration, concerned with mailing systems. Their aim is for as many states to adopt the Mail-in voting for coming elections. Their argument is primarily due to the peculiarity of the coronavirus pandemic season. Hence, a Mail-in voting system will ensure no one is disenfranchised.
However, even with the bickerings from the Trump administration coming especially from the President himself against mail-in voting, the USPS published last week its submission to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under the title “The Secure Voting System.”
How will The Secure Voting System work?
The USPS The Secure Voting System patent filing is 47 pages long and describes in detail how it works. Describing the system, USPS says the blockchain voting system is:
A voting system can use the security of blockchain and the mail to provide a reliable voting system. A registered voter receives a computer-readable code in the mail and confirms the identity and confirms correct ballot information in an election. The system separates voter identification and votes to ensure vote anonymity, and stores vote on a distributed ledger in a blockchain.
Perhaps, this addresses even one of the concerns of William P. Barr, the Attorney General of the United States. In one of his Fox News interviews, he mentioned that Mail-in voting opens the floodgate to fraud. But with The Secure Voting System, helps to maintain the integrity of any voting system as well as anonymity.
Also, by graphically annotating on the process, USPS attempts to explain that :
“The security of a voting system can be increased by using the dependability and security of the United States Postal Service or similar entity, ”
And this can be incorporated with a secure computer system using a blockchain or distributed ledger to ensure vote security and to prevent tampering or modification of electronic voting results.”
However laudable this is, it’s still unclear if the USPS will be able to pull this off before election date. Democrats continue to accuse Trump and USPS of voter suppression. The House led by Democrats has subpoenaed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to appear before it for hearing.
Whatever is the outcome of the hearing, this is a good step towards blockchain adoption. Most especially pulling this off on a large scale such as a US Presidential Elections.
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Komal Joshi · Oct 17, 2020 . 5min read