Voter IDs are a contentious issue In the United States. Republicans say that they are necessary to prevent voter fraud, while Democrats worry that they will be used to suppress voters with lower incomes.
Andrew Hemingway, a Republican, is running for Governor of New Hampshire and has a novel solution that could sooth the fears that both parties have: using a blockchain to enable an anonymous and simple solution that is more secure than what is currently being used.
- Andrew Hemingway
Democratization via the blockchain is already being used to reach a consensus. And the idea of using a distributed consensus system like the Bitcoin blockchain for political voting has been around for a relatively long time (in Bitcoin terms) but this is the first time a public political figure has come out in favor of the idea.
The answer was the second question asked by former TV 'reality' show Ghosthunter researcher Kris Williams to the candidate on Twitter. She asked him what his stance is on Voter ID laws; he responded that utilizing the Blockchain could be “an innovative approach.”
Hemingway took four tweets to respond, but the second and third Tweets included the relevant Blockchain solution.
2) @KrisWilliams81 we could apply the #bitcoin block chain algorithm to help solve this problem. Use the principle of distributed consensus— Andrew Hemingway (@AndrewHemingway) July 10, 2014
3) @KrisWilliams81 simply having a real time database that would check off when voted. And would in real time run against other states data— Andrew Hemingway (@AndrewHemingway) July 10, 2014
Hemingway later went on to say that he supports allowing taxes to be paid in Bitcoin and asked the internet what they think of the idea.
This news comes after a Congressional candidate for Washington State let it be known that he is an avid Bitcoin enthusiast and miner.
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