USPS files patent for blockchain main-in voting scheme amid US postal service catastrophe. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is falling apart on the seams and the Trump administration is blamed by many Americans.
The U.S. election ballot process will have to be dealt with by the USPS, as mail-in voting may be the dominant method due to coronavirus. On August 13, the postal entity publised a patent for a blockchain-based main-in voting system amid concerned reaction of American ciitizens about the internal problems at the USPS.
The USPS appears to be working towards using blockchain technology in a recent voting mail-in patent released Thursday last year. Back when the USPS was on higher terms than it is now, voters complained that bribery plagued the mail-in voting system.
It is due to the fact that past US presidential elections inquiries discovered dogs and even dead people falsely ‘voted’. “The Secure Voting System” is the patent issued on the United States Patent and Trademark Office ( USPTO).
“Often a voter is not able to or does not desire to go to a polling place to cast a vote,” the USPS patent description notes. “An election official in a jurisdiction may wish to send secure ballots via mail. Or, a jurisdiction may opt to utilize electronic resources for voting. In such cases, a secure voting system is desired.”
The patent description also adds “A voting system can use the security of blockchain and the mail to provide a reliable voting system. A registered voter receives a computer-readable code in the mail and confirms identity and confirms correct ballot information in an election. The system separates voter identification and votes to ensure vote anonymity, and stores votes on a distributed ledger in a blockchain.”
The patent is 47 pages long, and contains a myriad of diagrams detailing how the mail-in voting system based on blockchain would theoretically work.
Even the hearing by the House Oversight Committee will not be adequate, because it would only happen a few weeks before the US election. It has prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic House members to push for an earlier meeting before September 17. Pelosi and other officials may seek to meet this week to tackle the USPS concerns.
It’s fairly understood that a mail-in voting method for the 2020 U.S. election will happen, but whether or not the USPS and other entities leverage blockchain seems to be being discussed by central planners.