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US State of Virginia Legislature Considers Blockchain For Enhancing Election Systems

By Chris Torres | January 8, 2020

The US State of Virginia legislature is reportedly exploring the possibility for a blockchain-powered solution to enhance its elections and voting process. 

Proposed on December 27 and set to be released on January 8, a new bill, which requested a closer look into a blockchain-based solution for elections has been submitted to Virginia’s General Assembly. 

The new law – dubbed “House Joint Resolution 23” – suggested the Department of Elections to decide if blockchain should be selected as a viable solution to provide security for voter records and election results.

Hala Ayala (D-51) – a state delegate and expert in cybersecurity – is the patron of the bill. The proposed bill is at the moment in the waiting period to be assigned by the committee, and still has a long way to go before it can become a law officially in effect. 

Nonetheless, should it be enacted, the bill could provide an entirely different perspective to the voting system in Virginia – where more than eight million citizens were recorded engaged in this activity. 

According to the existing tenets of the bill, the department also needs to look into whether a blockchain solution is better or more cost-efficient, compared to the currently employed registration and election security methods. 

The department is also looking to suggest a few ideas on how to properly implement the blockchain tech.

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