On May 8th, 2018, West Virginia became the first state in U.S. history to run a blockchain supported state election , or at least in part. The primary election for the state offered WV citizens the ability to vote on their mobile phone via a blockchain based platform.
The blockchain mobile voting platform, which was developed by Voatz, was available to a selected group of participants in the counties of Harrison and Monongalia as a test run. These groups included West Virginia citizens and their families who were absentee as well as deployed members in the military.
The West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner will be the deciding factor if the state will move ahead with full blockchain voting in November. "West Virginia is taking the lead in providing safe, secure and accurate voting systems to encourage voter participation at every level," Warner said. "We're working hard to increase the level of confidence citizens have in our election process. Increased confidence results in increased participation."
Voatz, which ran the blockchain-based voting system, designs and develops a mobile application for voting in elections through an open-source blockchain platform for secure voting. The company was founded in 2014 and is based out of Brookline, Massachusetts.