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US Postal Service Files Patent for Blockchain Voting System

By Sagetwriter
United States Blockchain Vote By Mail

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has filed a patent for a mail-in voting system based on blockchain technology.

The patent first filed in February, and was published last week as a safe alternative to physical polling stations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A snippet of the postal service patent application reads:

“”This development relates to a voting system that also incorporates the use of cryptographic elements, such as blockchains, as are used with cryptographic currencies, to track and secure the vote by mail system.

A voting system can use the security of blockchain and the mail to provide a reliable voting system. A registered voter receives a computer-readable code in the mail and confirms identity and 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 47-page patent document also features diagrams showing various components and descriptions of the proposed blockchain voting system; including ballot codes, electronic signatures, database requirements and more.

COVID-19, Contact-less Voting and U.S 2020 Presidential Elections

While COVID-19 remains a global pandemic, authorities are evaluating likely voting systems for the 2020 United States Presidential Elections.

The concept of ‘mail-in voting’ has been suggested among members of the country’s political parties; however President Trump seems not to fancy the USPS proposed voting process.

The President argues that mail-in voting will lead to a fraudulent election, and has gone as far as threatening to withhold the USPS funding as a deterrent measure for the process.

The United States Postal Service maintains:

Often a voter is not able to or does not desire to go to a polling place to cast a vote. An election official in a jurisdiction may wish to send secure ballots via mail.

The security of a voting system can be increased by using the dependability and security of the United States Postal Service or similar entity, and this can be incorporated with a secure computer system using a blockchain or distributed ledger to ensure vote security and to prevent tampering or modification of electronic voting results.