United States intelligence agencies have recently warned of possible Russian attempts to interfere with the upcoming midterm elections. Despite these warnings, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner intends to press ahead with plans to offer West Virginians who are serving overseas in the military with the opportunity to vote via a smartphone app created by Boston company Voatz. … As you can imagine, there are some dissenting voices out there, and one came in the form of Joseph Lorenzo Hall, who is the chief technologist at the Centre for Democracy and Technology who told CNN that “Mobile voting is a horrific idea. It’s internet voting on people’s horribly secured devices, over our horrible networks, to servers that are very difficult to secure without a physical paper record of the vote.”
President of the election integrity watchdog organization Verified Voting, Marian K Schneider was straight to the point when asked if she thought mobile voting via the blockchain voting app was a good idea when she said “the short answer is no.”
Claiming that the “attack area is much broader” using the blockchain voting app, she believes it offers more opportunities for hacking and interference.