Can Mobile Voting Be Secure?Nitin Sawhney of Voatz on Designing Secure Mobile Voting Architecture
Perceived wisdom is that mobile voting will be rife with fraud and open to significant opportunities for interception, manipulation and nation-state interference. However, Nimit Sawhney of Voatz says that mobile voting in numerous elections has already successfully been conducted throughout the United States.
"Since 2016, when we did our first beta election, we've done 65 elections so far. Ten of them have been governmental elections," Sawhney says. "And on the non-government side, we've done both major political parties, universities, nonprofits, unions, churches as well, so anybody who needs a mobile or a hybrid election we are able to support right now."
In an interview with Information Security Media Group, Sawhney discusses:
- Secure voter registration via mobile devices;
- The procedure of voting, including confirmation that the vote has been counted;
- Why mobile voting still remains a primarily in-person event.
Sawhney is co-founder and CEO of Voatz, Inc, an elections platform that uses identity proofing, biometrics, and blockchain technology to enable end-to-end verifiable and accessible remote voting via smartphones and tablets. His background is in mobile security and software development, previously serving as director of R&D at Oberthur Technologies, and prior to that, as director of R&D at MoreMagic Solutions.