The following is a statement from Mark Lindeman, a director of Verified Voting, urging the City of Chandler, AZ not to adopt blockchain voting. For additional media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 9, 2021 — “Verified Voting urges the City of Chandler not to adopt mobile voting. Multiple cybersecurity experts agree that all internet voting, including mobile voting, is dangerously insecure. Blockchain does not solve the inherent security issues, as illustrated by the serious security vulnerabilities uncovered by an MIT study. There is simply no secure way to electronically return voted ballots while protecting voter privacy, maintaining ballot secrecy and still providing a verifiable record of the voter’s intent. Given the high security risks, the use of a mobile app for voting, like the one Chandler is considering, could cause more distrust in the voting process rather than bolstering voter confidence.”
Verified Voting, a non-partisan organization, advocates for evidence-based elections where the majority of voters mark paper ballots, the voter verifies the ballot before casting, there is a strong chain of custody of the ballots and robust post-election audits such as risk-limiting audits (RLAs) are conducted. Verified Voting’s resources regarding the security risks of internet voting can be found here.