Block(chain)-the-Vote: Mobile Voting by Blockchain

In 2017, 5 of every 100 New Yorkers voted in the primary election. Five. In the election that essentially chose the city’s leaders, turnout was a record low. That’s a problem, and it isn’t specific to New York City. It doesn’t have to be this way. In 2018, the first mobile votes were cast on a blockchain-based system in a federal election by overseas and military voters registered in the state of West Virginia. The team behind this voting project will share conclusions and explore why the US has some of the lowest voting rates of any democracy in the world. This session will delve into the technology behind mobile voting before running a mock election with the audience. Decisions are made by those who show up, mobile voting ensures everyone at least has a ticket.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Film Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Beginner