SALT LAKE CITY and DENVER, March 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Officials from the Denver Elections Division announced today that Voatz, the blockchain meets voting portfolio company of Overstock.com, Inc. (OSTK) will collaborate with Tusk Philanthropies to introduce a pilot program for the upcoming Denver municipal elections allowing voters to use their own smartphones to cast votes.
As part of the pilot program, active-duty military personnel and eligible dependents as well as other overseas voters can vote using a blockchain-based smartphone app. Denver voters will be able to vote in the May 2019 election, which includes the Denver mayoral race in which Mayor Michael Hancock is seeking re-election.
“Voatz has already undergone dozens of successful pilots, but the work the team is doing with the city of Denver has the feel of an ice-breaking moment for the world of voting security,” said Overstock.com CEO and founder Patrick M. Byrne. “I applaud the innovative and forward-looking thinking of the Denver Elections Division and the seeds they have sown towards a true democratic system in which everyone has the ability to cast their vote in a secure and easily accessible way.”
Voatz is a mobile elections platform that makes it possible to vote from a mobile device by leveraging the technology and immutability of blockchain alongside existing smartphone security protocols. Since June 2016, more than 80,000 votes have been cast on the Voatz platform across more than 30 elections.
"With this pilot program, Denver is leading the effort to make voting more convenient, accessible and secure for deployed military personnel and overseas US citizens," said Nimit Sawhney, CEO and co-founder of Voatz. "The latest developments in smartphone hardware, encryption and blockchain technology make mobile voting a reality. This is a significant stepping stone that I hope many other states and cities will follow."
Voatz is a portfolio company of Overstock’s wholly-owned blockchain subsidiary, Medici Ventures. Medici Ventures was founded in 2014 to apply blockchain technology to existing markets to democratize capital, eliminate middlemen, and re-humanize commerce.
Today, Medici Ventures oversees a global portfolio of companies focused on developing the foundation of a “tech stack for society” based on trust systems utilizing blockchain and other related technologies instead of frictional middlemen. Medici Ventures’ portfolio companies are introducing blockchain technologies to industries such as money and banking, capital markets, property, voting, supply chain, and identity.
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