Voting’s future: Online
The past several weeks have called into question the efficacy of state-level mail-in voting procedures, a widely contentious subject. While Americans were arguing, pilot programs were operating to test out new technology that independently validates election results through a secure platform. Over the weekend of Aug. 29 at the Michigan Democratic Party State Nominating Convention more than 1,900 delegates came together virtually to nominate candidates via their tablet or smartphone using an app called Voatz.
Voatz uses blockchain technology, an emergent technology that is known for being immutable, secure, and existing independent of any authority. The technology is already being utilized in the financial sector — you may have already heard of Bitcoin. Blockchain technology has numerous applications in industries including law enforcement, health care, real estate, banking, and digital identification. And, this is not the first time Voatz has used its blockchain technology to assist in an election; the Voatz app has been used in elections in West Virginia, Utah, Oregon, and Colorado.
The technology is not without its skeptics. New companies always experience growing pains and people are inherently distrusting of new technology. However, Americans have already been banking, storing credit card information and personal identification data, and managing household finances online for many years. Embracing blockchain technology in the electoral process will ensure that more individuals have access to exercise their right to vote in a secure and convenient format.
The future of voting is online and it’s almost here.
— George Williams, Wilmington
It is, as they say, “crunch time” in this election cycle. I write because I believe deeply that it is vital to “crunch” Trump under a mountain of blue votes.
Because we were so fed up with lying, insincere, and self-serving politicians, in 2016 we took a plunge into darkness. We now see a president who has virtually no cogent policies, and who tweets whatever divisive, hateful remark comes to mind.
Let us examine just a few of the fundamental reasons to vote him out:
He has said that he will cut Social Security. Let me be clear here: Social Security is not a “handout”; it is money owned by each of us, taken out of our paychecks and held by the government (wisely) to aid us in retirement. More than ever now, in the midst of the pandemic, with millions of people facing job losses, food shortages, and even eviction from their homes, we need Social Security … and more government aid.
The “gorilla in the room” and the “gorilla” destroying our economy, literally killing hundreds of thousands of Americans: Trump’s initial and continuing failure to curb the coronavirus. His incompetence here is obvious. By the time you read this, the death count from coronavirus will have exceeded 190,000 people. Worse, those who forecast future devastation caused by the virus, who have thus far been low in their estimates, predict nearly half a million dead by sometime in January 2021.
I suggest that these two fundamental issues are reason enough for any sensible person to vote blue on Nov. 3. Save our nation from the killer in the White House, and save yourself.
— Ken Abraham, Dover