While having a browse on Reddit earlier this week, I noticed an article from the r/Futurology subreddit called:
“Andrew Yang wants to Employ Blockchain in voting. "It’s ridiculous that in 2020 we are still standing in line for hours to vote in antiquated voting booths. It is 100% technically possible to have fraud-proof voting on our mobile phone”
For those that don’t know, Andrew Yang is an American entrepreneur, lawyer and philanthropist who is running for the 2020 presidency as a democratic candidate.
As reported by Ethereum World News:
“As someone with roots in technology, he is very pro-innovation, actually supporting cryptocurrencies and blockchain as aforementioned. His primary policy is to implement what he has called the “Freedom Dividend”, which would be a form of universal basic income whereby American adults get $1,000 each month by simple virtue of living in the U.S.”
According to a new policy page from the US presidential candidate, he believes that the current voting system is currently antiquated, citing the fact that “it’s ridiculous that in 2020 we are still standing in line for hours to vote in antiquated voting booths.”
So whereas as that is clearly an exaggeration, as not states and regions face hour upon hour wait times, many would argue that this system could be sped up. Lower waiting times and an easy-to-use voting system would more than likely increase the number of citizens that actually come out to vote which would therefore democracy.
Yang is a big believer in blockchain technologies and has said:
“It is 100% technically possible to have fraud-proof voting on our mobile phones today using the blockchain. This would revolutionize true democracy and increase participation to include all Americans – those without smartphones could use the legacy system and lines would be very short.”
It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out. For more news on this and other crypto updates, keep it with CryptoDaily!