GOP uses Voatz biometric mobile app in South Dakota during virtual convention
The Voatz blockchain biometric voting app has been successfully used during the third virtual convention held by the Republican Party of South Dakota, which involved representatives from 31 counties, the company announced.
The app encouraged participation and registered record engagement with 85 percent voting through the app, and 50 percent submitting ballots in the first 20 minutes.
Voatz has previously been successfully used during Utah’s Republican convention in April for primary nominees and in Arizona.
“Our goal was to create a convention experience that energized the Republican party in South Dakota and replicated an in-person convention,” Dan Lederman, Chairman of the South Dakota Republican Party, said in a prepared statement. “An uncontested convention did not deter delegates from voting, because it was easy. It was a team effort – Voatz worked with us for four weeks ahead of the convention to credential delegates, ensure a smooth rollout, and provide a test vote to get delegates comfortable with the system.”
“Voatz is proud to partner with the South Dakota Republican Party to securely enable their delegates to vote in their convention while, most importantly, keeping them safe during this uncertain time,” Voatz Co-Founder and CEO, Nimit Sawhney, said in a prepared statement. “This was the first time voters in South Dakota were able to vote through a mobile app in an election, and we were glad to see the enthusiastic response.”
A mobile voting solution would be a great option for elections during COVID-19, especially for the elderly, according to Voatz, to prevent the spread of the virus.