Voatz

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Voatz
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Founded 2014
Headquarters Brookline, MA
Key People Nimit Sawhney, CEO and co-founder
Employees 2-10
Products Mobile Applications, Elections & Polling, Security, and Civic Tech
Twitter @Voatz
LinkedIn Profile
Website Voatz Homepage
Blog Voatz Blog

Voatz is a voting application that seeks to use biometric and blockchain technology to create a secure, irrefutable method of voting via smartphone.[1][2]

Overview

Participating in elections using the Voatz platform is only possible through invitation by a verified election organizer.[3] The app verifies a user's identity by using a smartphone's built-in camera to take a "selfie-style" picture of their face. This picture is then compared to the photo on the user's government-issued photo ID. Votes cast by a user are then anonymized and recorded on the Voatz blockchain.[4]

Background

Voatz was created by Nimit Sawhney in 2014.[5] In January 2018, the company announced it had raised $2.2 million in seed funding. By this point, over 70,000 voters had used the app in various elections in the United States. Medici Ventures is among its most notable investors.[6]

First use cases

In August 2018, the state of West Virginia announced it would be running a pilot program in its November 2018 elections, in which Voatz would be used to allow soldiers deployed abroad to easily vote using smartphones. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner insisted that that the program is not an attempt to replace traditional voting, and soldiers will still have the option to cast paper ballots if they prefer.[7][8] Nearly 140 West Virginians cast their ballots using the app.[9]

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