The blockchain-based voting app, Voatz, which was previously alleged to have vulnerabilities by many researchers, will not be used for the coming elections in West Virginia.
According to NBC News, Mac Warner, the secretary of state in West Virginia recently announced that the overseas and disabled voters would no longer be able to vote with the mobile application during state elections. However, in place of that, they could use a service by Democracy service that would allow them to fill out a ballot online and then deliver it through the post.
West Virginia’s Agreement With Voatz App
West Virginia trialled out the Voatz’s app during 2019s general midterm election and then introduced laws mandating a digital voting system for the nearby countries in February. As per the reports, Voatz and the state even had an agreement before which indicated that Voatz would provide its voting services in 2020 elections.
It seems like the agreement between the state, and the voting app is shaken after the two studies from the Department of Homeland Security and MIT stated that the app has several vulnerabilities regarding its security that would eventually lead the cybercriminals revealing voter identities or even altering the ballot.
But in September 2019, the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) described Voatz consisting of no active threats. The firm noted that it had followed DHS recommendation since then.
One of the elected auditors who managed Voatz system roll out told the press that some of the bugs reported by MIT researches are not possible to exploit practically.
The general counsel to the secretary of state of West Virginia, Donal Kersey told NBC that if the public is sceptical about the ballot results concluded by the app or doesn’t want it, then they have to consider it.