Utah County is enabling blockchain-based mobile voting in their municipal primary election, making it the third jurisdiction in the United States to use the technology for voting.
According to an official press release on July 23, Utah Country will allow eligible voters to join in the forthcoming municipal primary election through a dedicated application on their smartphones.
The move makes the state of Utah became the third state to enable blockchain-powered electronic voting in the country after Colorado and West Virginia.
The new e-voting initiative is made possible in partnership between the Utah County Electronics Division, Tusk Philanthropies, mobile elections platform Voatz, and the National Cybersecurity Center.
The announcement said that the voting began on June 28 and continues until August 13, the Election Day. According to the report, the first voters include overseas voters, active-duty military, and their eligible dependents.
Denver, the capital of the U.S. state of Colorado, became the second U.S. jurisdiction to pilot a blockchain-powered mobile voting platform in March in its forthcoming municipal election. The news came nearly a year after the first pilot of its kind in the U.S.—the introduction of a mobile voting system in West Virginia primaries and subsequently midterm elections in March last year.
Medici Ventures, the blockchain subsidiary of Overstock, recently led a $7 million funding round in Voatz platform.