Owing to Andrew Yang’s initiative who is the U.S. Presidential Candidate for 2020, the present election system of the United States of America may soon experience a full-blown makeover. This is due to the fact that Andrew Yang wants to leverage the blockchain technology to achieve that. His campaign website reveals that Americans should be able to vote taking help of their mobile devices along with the verification of course that will be carried out via the blockchain. The American entrepreneur has turned the presidential candidate and is a part of the Democratic Party. Adding to this, he is also a lawyer, a philanthropist besides being the budding advocate of the blockchain technology.
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As a democratic country or state, voting becomes a basic right of the citizens dwelling in that particular democratic state and the basic part of the voting right needs to be fair and fraud-free, where the citizens can exercise their right to choose the representative of their nation purposefully. Andrew Yang fervently believes that the entire process of the U.S. elections can be improved significantly only if the fundamentals of blockchain technology are applied to it. This will result in a more convenient and fraud-free voting experience for all the citizens. He at the same time feels it unnecessary and foolish to wait in lines in order to cast votes in a polling station or booth and not take in consideration in this area the broad spectrum of the technology that is continuously advancing and get benefited. As per his beliefs:
Andrew Yang has also opined that making voting procedures less complicated or hassle-free would in no time dramatically increase the participation in all the elections, be it local, state or federal. As the stats go, according to the website, barely over 50% voter turns out in the presidential elections and he blames the complicated and time-consuming voting system for such a meager result. Andrew Yang isn’t unaware of the general notion that surrounds the idea of the online voting system via blockchain technology, which is clouded with skepticism over security issues all times. Nevertheless, he argues that the machines being used by most locales under the current voting system are as vulnerable to tampering and hacking as modern technologies. And he isn’t entirely wrong either as the voting system is broken and not secure, case in point of the election of 2016. As the reports bear, the Department of Homeland Security has claimed that the Russian hackers have allegedly targeted voting systems in 21 states.
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Off lately, in the previous year, the security experts have reportedly discovered Russian phishing campaigns that had targeted 3 candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. The vulnerabilities of the current system could diminish the trust that people have in the country’s voting system unless a rigid solution is found and levied. If we take a look at the fundamental characteristics of the blockchain technology, such as transparency, immutability, and accountability, it could be the saving grace of the voting system. The technology can help throughout the span of elections, from pre-election to post-election quite efficiently. During the pre-election phase, it will help to ensure that the digital content that is being distributed amongst the people is from a trusted source whatsoever. During the election, the blockchain technology‘s immutable ledger can be used to store the identity data for authenticating all the voters. It will further help in securely recording the digital votes for the final tabulation. And lastly, during post-election, blockchain technology will give individual voters and election officials the opportunity to audit the election’s outcome on a public blockchain.
In essence, blockchain technology could help practice democracy in its true sense, where the general public isn’t kept in dark for any reason and is given the right to audit after elections. Andrew Yang is promising people their say in democracy through modern technology and the people are all in for that. An all-new Political Action Committee (PAC), supporting presidential candidate Andrew Yang was even allowing donations in Bitcoin (BTC) via the Lightning Network. The PAC, dubbed Humanity Forward Fund (Humanity FWD) was also launched by supporters of Yang and initiated its fundraising program that was powered by Bitcoin for Bitcoin donations.
The U.S. crypto community believes that Yang could be a breath of fresh air and also could help boost the blockchain and the crypto development in the country. But everything depends on the time that will tell whether it would be followed.
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