Blockchain Startup Is Bringing Modern Voting to the World

Votem, a blockchain voting startup, acquires online voting company Everyone Counts.

Voter confidence in the systems used to record and tally votes has eroded due to decades of hanging chads, purges of voter rolls, hacking by foreign agents, and many other attacks on the voting process. Votem enables online voting and has acquired Everyone Counts to enhance their objective of renewing voter confidence by upgrading the election process.

Pete Martin, Founder/CEO of Votem states,

"Both Votem and Everyone Counts were founded with a similar mission to make voting more accessible, secure and transparent...With two decades of leadership in online voting combined with the most advanced voter registration/election management system available today, teaming with Everyone Counts is an obvious fit for Votem as we grow our company and expand our offerings."

Some of their clients include: the United Nations, New Jersey, Colorado, Alabama, and Montana, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Ohio State Bar Association.

An article in TechStartups.com explains that,

"Combining Votem’s mobile and blockchain voting platform with Everyone Counts’ vast experience and expertise in delivering online elections helps voting administrators and election management bodies better meet the unique and disparate needs of their eligible voters."

For their first job, the combined companies look forward to working with the “Voting Solutions for All People” (VSAP) project, an open-source election system located in Los Angeles County. They will be implementing the Interactive Sample Ballot (ISB).

Kevin C. Desouza and Kiran Kabtta Somvanshi list all the ways blockchain could benefit the voting process in an article for the Brookings Institute:

"Mobile voting using a safe and tested interface could eliminate voter fraud and boost turnout. It will make it more convenient for citizens to vote while abroad, irrespective of the distance and time. It is also a beneficial tool for the election commission to maintain transparency in the electoral process, minimize the cost of conducting elections, streamline the process of counting votes and ensure that all votes are counted."​

Ultimately, blockchain is only a tool and is not a silver bullet for voter apathy. When all its citizens are invested in its success, that is when government works best.

Reality Changing Observations:

Q1. What do you think are the biggest barriers to voting?

Q2. What are your greatest concerns regarding election security?

Q3. What would you say to someone who felt that voting at the local or federal level was unimportant?

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