Blockchain- backed state Election, the next point of call for study by the Virginia Law makers
The proposed bill which was submitted just before the end of 2019 by Hala S. Ayala State Delegate , invites the state’s Department of Education to consider “study the use of blockchain technology to protect voter records and election results.”
By further explanation, the Bill states thus:
“In conducting its study, the Department of Elections shall (i) determine the types of blockchain technology that would best secure voter records and election results, (ii) determine the costs and benefits of using such technology as compared to traditional registration and election security measures, and (iii) make recommendations on whether and how to implement blockchain technology in practices affecting the security of voter records and election results.”
According to Hala S. Ayala, the lawmaker proposing the bill, the use of Blockchain technology in the election will be a welcomed development and will assure the safety and security of voters register and record of votes.
The bill, if passed, would further demand that the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, which works as the state’s primary IT office, provide assistance during the study.
“The Department of Elections shall conclude its meetings for the first year by November 30, 2020, and for the second year by November 30, 2021, and the Department of Elections shall then submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an executive summary and report of its findings and recommendations for publication as a House or Senate document for each year.