The GBA’s Voting Working Group has serious goals for 2020

To start, they plan to create a study on the use of Blockchain for public elections.

The study will be funded by a consortium that has a strategic interest in the integrity of voting systems.  These sponsors may include the public elections commissions, board of elections, secretaries of state, voting machine manufacturers, and political parties.

The scope of the study will include legal, regulatory, technical, social, and political impacts and implications of the use of this technology. It will include information about organizations that have made progress in this area. It will also include the multiple challenges plaguing the existing elections eco-system.

The results of the study will be distributed publicly and the organizations that funded the study will be featured in the report.

The study will be conducted by members of the Voting Working Group and they will be compensated from the funds paid by the sponsor.

Secondly, the GBA Voting Working Group plans to create global innovative challenges.

The Voting Working Group will participate in the 100K Developer Challenge. This program includes developer training followed by hackathons, challenges, and other competitive events hosted by Active GBA Chapters. The Voting Working Group will create and describe the tasks, rules, and details required to administer the challenges and develop the criteria for winning.

Third, they plan to establish a collaborative working environment with elections workers and officials.

GBA will communicate that all government employees may join GBA for free and are welcome to join the Voting Working Group. We will listen to, and learn from elections professionals about the challenges, constraints, and opportunities for blockchain solutions. Our goal is to work with elections officials to build a body of knowledge that will benefit the integrity of the voting systems.

And fourth, the GBA VWG plans to promote GBA members in the voting domain.

We will promote those who have experience and expertise in the voting industry from our GBA Member Directory (Voting). We will also promote organizations that deliver voting solutions in the GBA Organizational Directory (Voting), and businesses that have blockchain voting solutions in the GBA Application & Product Directory.

Lastly, the GBA is proud to announce our new organizational member, The OSET Institute.

The OSET Institute’s mission is to ensure that ballots are counted as cast. The OSET Institute is a non-profit organization, creating a public benefit work, focused on increasing integrity in elections, while lowering costs, and improving usability. Their goal is to encourage voter participation by making voting technology that is easy and convenient.

The OSET Institute will be coordinating with GBA’s Voting Working Group to advance accuracy, security, transparency, and verification for all voting. The GBA Voting Working Group, headed by Susan Eustis, has connections to all of the GBA voting organizations.

To learn more about what GBA is doing with voting, come to the Future of Money, Governance, & The Law on January 31, 2020, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC.

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