The USPS and Blockchain Mail-in-Voting

In an attempt to introduce a more reliable voting system, the USPS has filed a patent for blockchain mail-in-voting. According to Investopedia, “in its most basic form, blockchain is a digital ledger,” essentially recording all transactions. With encryption and decentralization of the information, “blockchain’s database of transactions is incorruptible, and each record is easily verifiable.” The most important feature of blockchain technology is that “the network cannot be taken down or influenced by a single party because it doesn’t exist in one place.”

The USPS created a mail-in voting system as a result of the high level of security that blockchain has to offer. The patent states that the process begins when “a registered voter receives a computer readable code in the mail and confirms identity and confirms correct ballot information in an election. The system separates voter identification and votes to ensure vote anonymity, and stores votes on a distributed ledger in a blockchain.”

The technical lead at blockchain network Hedera Hashgraph, Paul Madsen, also explained that blockchain voting could quell concerns of double voting because “the votes of individual voters would be recorded, either on the blockchain or effectively timestamped and then recorded elsewhere.”

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