Voatz and Clear Ballot to Explore Blockchain Technology for Remote Voting

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After more than a year of investigation and collaboration, two Boston-based companies, Voatz and Clear Ballot Group,  have announced a partnership to accelerate the introduction of secure, accessible remote voting in elections using Blockchain technology.

Voatz brings an open source Blockchain platform designed for secure, high volume remote voting on smartphones and tablets. It has been independently evaluated for security and has already been piloted successfully in several private and municipal elections in 2016.

Clear Ballot, a voting system company, has provided the Voatz team with election industry knowledge, market requirements and a rich sample election dataset that allows their engineers to understand and build support for the complexities and scale of real elections.

Key portions of the user interface and the Voatz backend technology will be demonstrated at the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) meetings held at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. from February 15-17, 2017.

Nimit Sawhney, Co-Founder and CEO of Voatz said:

“Both companies recognize that there are a number of questions that must be adequately addressed before a large-scale deployment of remote voting is possible.  These include end-to-end verification, voter anonymity, authentication, security, cost, ease of deployment, scalability, user experience and most importantly – Both companies recognize that there are a number of questions that must be adequately addressed before a large-scale deployment of remote voting is possible.  These include end-to-end verification, voter anonymity, authentication, security, cost, ease of deployment, scalability, user experience and most importantly –

These include end-to-end verification, voter anonymity, authentication, security, cost, ease of deployment, scalability, user experience and most importantly – public trust.  I strongly believe that this partnership puts us in a great position to address these challenges to enable millions of citizens to benefit from the convenience and security offered by this new technology paradigm.”

Larry Moore, Founder and CEO of Clear Ballot said:

“Innovation in elections takes too long and there are too many barriers to entry in this market. I am convinced that the fastest way to accelerate election innovation is for voting system companies, like Clear Ballot, to help promising new technology companies with technical support, election industry knowledge, regulatory requirements and market access.  An example is that people want to vote on their smartphone. Two of the challenges to remote voting have been security and accessibility. Blockchain technology coupled with smartphones and tablets have the potential to solve these problems, but this pairing must be rigorously assessed before widespread deployment.  With this partnership, we break down the barriers to entry and begin the innovation cycle to address the need for secure, accessible, remote voting.”

“Imagine the convenience to registered voters who receive a sample ballot on their smartphone and make their selections using the familiar accessible features of an app on their smartphone. Then, when the polls open, they bring their smartphone with their pre-marked ballot to the polling location. By building the app on the Blockchain architecture, it is not a great leap to imagine the voter not having to make the trip at all.”

Working together, Voatz and Clear Ballot are tackling the complex problem of secure, accessible remote voting.

Voatz is an award winning early stage startup based in the Boston area. Its innovative and highly secure mobile voting platform has been used by nearly 40,000 voters in various elections and voting events in multiple jurisdictions around the world including several pilot projects involving Participatory Budget Voting. The Voatz platform focuses on providing cutting-edge security alongside an easy to use interface to enable voters to make their voices heard in a convenient manner. Voatz has been recognized with several recent awards some of which include the 2016 MIT Startup Spotlight Cult Favorite Prize, the 1st Prize at SXSW Citrix Hackathon, the Mass Innovation Nights Audience Favorite Prize and was recently selected for the 2017 Techstars Startup Accelerator program in Boston. Learn more on voatz.com.

Boston-based, Clear Ballot was founded in 2009 and is the leader in election management innovation. Clear Ballot has introduced a new class of tools and a modern approach to voting with the speed, accuracy, and transparency that has been lacking in the industry for decades. Designed for ease-of-use, Clear Ballot’s browser-based software, used with commercially available scanning hardware, scales to election jurisdictions of all sizes and responds directly to the budgetary realities of America’s counties and municipalities. Clear Ballot election technology is certified for use in Oregon, Washington and New York and is also used to conduct audits in Vermont, Florida and Maryland. Clear Ballot and Maryland conducted the nation’s first 100% automated, independent statewide audit for the 2016 Presidential Election. For more information about Clear Ballot please visit: www.clearballot.com.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including Humaniq.co where hs is interim CMO, DECENT.ch, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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