Pierce County Elections will continue mobile voting following a successful military pilot in the November 2019 General Election.
Pierce County’s 19,000 voters who qualify for the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) are usually permitted to return their ballots by mail, fax, or email attachment. The pilot, however, provided UOCAVA voters a fourth option: Download the Voatz mobile app, a mobile elections platform, and transmit a ballot using their mobile device.
Eligible voters received, marked, verified, and submitted their ballots using their personal Apple or Android smartphones. Votes were submitted from 28 countries over the internet and blockchain technology was used to secure the aggregate vote.
The result: Voters used the mobile voting option at a higher rate than fax or email. In the November 2019 General Election, 103 UOCAVA voters used fax or email and 163 voters used the mobile voting option. Mail remained the primary method of ballot returns (2,481 ballots were returned by postal service).
Thumbnail photo by Adrianna Calvo from Pexels