Blockchain-enabled voting has started in West Virginia
September 24, 2018
The state's overseas voters started casting ballots using a mobile app that runs on the decentralized ledger last Friday.
The six-month test will search for flaws in the fledgling technology as the state considers a wide release.
Colin Wood is the managing editor of StateScoop. Before that, he was a staff writer for Government Technology magazine. Before that, he taught Engl...
Delaware soon will begin a six-month pilot test of a digital driver's license system, officials announced Tuesday.
The pilot will include approximately 200 state employees and others to "test user acceptance" of features only made possible through a digital driver's license on a smartphone. The pilot will be run by the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles and vendor Idemia. Several other states have experimented with mobile driver's licenses, but none have yet made a wide release.
Democratic Gov. John Carney says the pilot is intended to keep the state "focused on innovation" and will help identify more efficient ways to deliver services to residents.
State Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan says the pilot will test the technology in real-world scenarios to spot hangups and allow the state to address them before releasing the technology to its roughly 800,000 licensed drivers and ID card holders.
During the pilot, the state says it intends to test these aspects of the technology:
The pilot was made possible through a piece of legislation sponsored by Democratic Sen. David McBride, who noted upon the project's announcement that security of residents' personal information is a top priority.
Other states to have started work on digital driver's licenses and identification include Arkansas and Virginia, which have passed laws permitting use of the technology.