USPS caught developing an app to allow voting over the blockchain

According to a recent report in the Conservative Brief, the United States Postal service has begun working on a plan to stop picking up and delivering the ballots, but rather allow individuals to vote on their phones. 

The future has arrived and it looks like the government is pursuing a program to allow voting via your phone using blockchain technology. 

The Conservative Brief that based on information from The Washington Post, it’s believed that during the Trump administration the Postal service began to pursue the project in secret, testing out a mobile app that would cut down on the number of ballots picked up and delivered: 

“The system was never deployed in a live election and was abandoned in 2019, Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer said,” according to the Post.

“That was after cybersecurity researchers at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs conducted a test of the system during a mock election and found numerous ways that it was vulnerable to hacking.

“The project appears to have been conducted without the involvement of federal agencies more closely focused on elections, which were then scrambling to make voting more secure in the wake of Russian interference in the 2016 contest.

“Those efforts focused primarily on using paper ballot so the voter could verify their vote was recorded accurately and there would be a paper trail for auditors — something missing from any mobile phone or Internet-based system.”

However, the group didn’t get off without being unnoticed, and according to reports, the mail-carrying agency’s desire to get involved in the application that would allow voters to cast their ballots from their handheld devices:

“The secrecy of the Postal Service’s mobile voting project alarmed election security officials and advocates who fear it could spark conspiracy theories and degrade public faith in the democratic process,” the Post reported. 

“Those concerns have grown immensely since the 2020 election, bolstered by baseless claims of election fraud by former president Donald Trump and his supporters.”

According to cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency senior advisor Matt Masterson “If you’re doing anything in the election space, transparency should be priority number one. There should be no guessing game around this,” the expert warned. 

“It’s scandalous for a government entity to conduct research into the security of blockchain online voting, which shows how insecure it is, but then hide the results and deprive the public and officials of these findings for over two years,” on election security for Free Speech for People, a group that advocates for election security and is against mobile voting, senior advisor Susan Greenhalgh said.

While the postal service has maintained that their program was “exploratory” in nature, several federal agencies, including the FBI, CISA and other federal agencies, reported in May of 2020 that mobile voting had significant risks to the “confidentiality, integrity, and availability of voted ballots,” which means that this is a program that’s being investigated in all fronts. 

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