Voatz Blockchain Voting Platform Complies With Federal Guidelines
Mobile voting provider Voatz has announced its platform is compliant with federal voting system guidelines. It declares after ‘comprehensive’ testing by an independent lab. Pro V&V, a software and systems third-party test laboratory, authored a 47-page report which terminated that Voatz ‘meets the applicable requirements set forth for voting systems’ according to US EAC (Election Assistance Commission) guidelines.
The trialing, which took five months, evaluated Voatz in several departments, from source code assessments to security, to system integration. According to the report, during the security evaluation, Pro V&V was ‘able to verify that the Voatz remote accessible ballot delivery, marking and return (RABDMR) [system] utilized a blockchain-based infrastructure from the server during the remainder of the process.’
Voatz is a free elections platform directed at offering a secure voting method for non-traditional voting groups, like overseas and deployed military citizens, as well as voters with disabilities. The company to date has achieved 67 elections, including 11 governmental elections. However, Voatz has not been immune from criticism – rightly or otherwise.
Earlier that month, an MIT study discovered that Voatz had ‘vital security flaws.’ Researchers stated they had not uncovered evidence that the app had been hacked, however, noted vulnerabilities could have been exploited. The company responded that it ‘continued to welcome critiques’ of its technology to offer additional security to any of its platforms.
Declaring the Pro V&V verdict, Voatz joined in the press materials that it had completed ‘as expected’ in each of the elections it had conducted.” We are pleased with Pro V&V’s conclusions that Voatz operates exactly as it’s designed to operate,” said Nimit Sawhney, Voatz co-founder and CEO in a statement. “Their fundings confirm our expectations, and add further fuel to support our mission that citizens can vote securely using a smartphone application and have total confidence their ballot is counted while remaining fully secret.”