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Analyzing the Effectiveness of Secure Elections as an Application of Blockchain Technology

Analyzing the Effectiveness of Secure Elections as an Application of Blockchain Technology

Salvatore S. Calvo, Graduate Student, Stanford Management Science & Engineering 

There is a well-documented open debate as to whether the United States’ election systems are sufficiently secure and efficient, with some scholars advocating for a return to paper balloting. It has been idealistically proposed that an electronic voting system powered by blockchain tech- nology can completely eradicate voter fraud while ensuring the vote remains secure and private. I review the existing literature on the vulnerabilities of electronic voting systems in United States and elsewhere, and critique two case studies from 2018 of vote-collecting using blockchain in a real live election: the first in the state of West Virginia’s midterm elections and the second in the country of Sierra Leone’s national elections.

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