As the US prepares for the November 3 presidential election, it appears that the US Postal Service (USPS) could be preparing to integrate blockchain into its operations to provide a reliable vote-by-mail system to voters across the country. Last week, the service filed a patent application describing a secure voting system using Ethereum (ETH) that could pave the way for increased use of the blockchain in elections around the world.
The 47-page submission, which was sent to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), states that a “voting system can use blockchain and mail security to provide a reliable voting system” in which a “registered voter receives a computer-readable code in the mail and confirms identity and information. correctness of the electoral ballot in an election ”.
The system then "separates the voter identification and the votes to guarantee the anonymity of the votes, and stores the votes in a ledger distributed on a blockchain."
“In some embodiments, the blockchain is based on the Ethereum open source platform or other similar platforms. In some embodiments, the platform is a full Turing blockchain protocol, ”the app says.
The latest development comes as the USPS has found itself at the center of controversies related to voting by mail, and at the time, the country is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Since polls indicate that he is likely to lose his re-election fight, United States President Donald Trump told Fox Business that the reason he refused to approve $ 25 billion in emergency funds for the USPS was the Democratic Party's plan to expand postage.
"Now, the Democrats need that money to make the post office work, so they can get all these millions and millions of votes," Trump said in the interview.
Local observers hope that the Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden will benefit from the vote by mail. A recent poll for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal indicated that 47% of Biden supporters plan to send their votes by mail, compared to just 11% of Trump supporters.
Meanwhile, various experts accuse Trump of trying to rig the election by limiting voters' access to ballots, often ridiculing the fact that the incumbent president did little to conceal his intentions.
"It was reported that mail sorters were being retired across the country, and the Postal Service had warned 46 states that voters could be disenfranchised due to the changes," said late-night television host Seth Myers. "And if you are wondering if it is a coincidence that the Post Office is being dismantled as the country nears an election that will depend largely on voting by mail, congratulations on waking up from the coma."