The US presidential election is currently overshadowed by debates about possible manipulation. Donald Trump took the postal vote and the US Post under fire. However, it has been working on a blockchain system for some time to prevent postal voting fraud.The 2020 US presidential election will be dominated by the corona pandemic. As a result, it can be assumed that significantly more people will vote this time to vote by post. Whether this development will benefit the democratic challenger Joe Biden remains unclear, but US President Donald Trump is massively raising the mood against the postal vote and the responsible federal postal authority. A patent has now been published with which the US Post is aiming for a blockchain-based system for postal votes.
The blockchain and democracy
Such a system could nonetheless help allay Trump’s concerns. If voters confirm their identity via the blockchain, double voting can be excluded. Immediate transmission of votes also excludes subsequent manipulation. The authors of the patent write:
“In some embodiments, a blockchain allows the various types of necessary data to be kept track of in a secure manner and allows others to easily confirm that the data has not been altered.”
The US Post has been interested in blockchain since 2016 at the latest. In addition to identity services, a related report also discussed applications in supply chain, financial and device management.