Digital Democracy

The Future of Voting

Lance Koonce
Oct 3, 2016 · 5 min read

Why the Cypherpunks (Probably) Laughed At Me

My portion of the panel was devoted to how blockchain technology may play a role in improving voting procedures in the future. I started, though, with some personal history. Way back in 1992, I worked for a committee of the US House of Representatives headed by NC Congressman Charlie Rose to implement a radical new technology: Constituent email.

Date: 03 Jun 93 15:41:15 -0500
Subject: press release

TEXT OF PRESS RELEASE FROM COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION, U.S.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DATED JUNE 3,1993

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For further information please contact:
Lance Koonce (202) 225-7922

HOUSE ANNOUNCES PUBLIC ELECTRONIC MAIL SERVICE
This ground-breaking new service will allow citizens to communicate
directly with their Member of Congress by electronic mail. The House of Representatives has established an electronic gateway to the Internet, the vast computer network that is used currently by over twelve million people worldwide. Participating Members of the House have been assigned public mailboxes which may be accessed by their constituents from their home computers. In addition, many libraries, schools and other public institutions now provide, or soon will provide, public access to the Internet.

Blockchain for Voting

Just on the face of it, utilizing cryptography to secure voting records makes sense, and has been discussed for some time (for an overview and citations see this Wikipedia article on end-to-end auditable voting systems).

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