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  • GovTech

    Blockchain Voting Debate Heats Up After Historic Election

    The paper rejects the idea that a blockchain component would make online voting more secure. The authors admit that, on the surface, the characteristics of blockchain appear to make it a good solution. However, too many potential weaknesses remain.....Later this week, the paper’s argument received some pushback from Pete Martin, CEO of Votem, a company that deals in blockchain voting. Martin expressed his disagreements with the paper during a Decrypt Daily podcast.

  • AppInventiv

    Can Blockchain Change How We Vote?

    Unsurprisingly in a little under 5 years, the credibility of American elections is being questioned again, and this time, the doubts are coming in from the POTUS himself. And somewhere we agree with him. Voting as we know it cannot be fully trusted.

  • Wall Street Journal

    Voting By Phone: The Promise and Peril of Digital Ballots

    Limited experiments in mobile voting have taken place in elections across the U.S. Whether they prove secure enough for wider adoption is an open question.

  • ICAEW

    Blockchain: count every vote? Yes you can

    9 November 2020: In light of the ongoing US election controversy, fintech academic and chartered accountant Gavin Brown predicts the implementation of new blockchain-style voting methods, giving us incontestable results in hours rather than days or weeks.

  • Crain's Cleveland Business

    Election muddle and a business boost are buoying Bernie Moreno

    "I think people saw what happened with the (recent presidential ) election and said, 'Wow, there should be a better way to do this,' " he said. "I've gotten more messages about voting in the last two weeks than I had in the last two years."

  • Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation

    Blockchain Applications: Election Voting

    “Blockchain’s fundamental characteristics — immutability, accountability and security — drive the technology’s potential for securely maintaining voter registration records and recording votes.”

  • Innovation in Advocacy

    The Future of Mobile Voting is Here: Meet Votem

    With election fraud becoming an increasingly present issue, Votem is making tremendous strides by way of a blockchain mobile voting solution.

  • e.republic | Government Technology

    Votem Awarded 2019 GovTech 100 Company

    Votem Awarded 2019 GovTech 100 Company - The GovTech 100 is an annual list compiled and published by Government Technology as a compendium of 100 companies focused on, making a difference in, and selling to state and local government agencies across the United States.

  • Grow Wire

    The Future of Election Voting is Mobile, and It’s Already Here

    In short: Mobile voting is almost certainly the future of government elections: In this week’s general election, absentee voters from 25 states cast ballots online. Votem is one of a handful of mobile voting companies that allow voters to register and vote from laptops or phones. The company also has a blockchain voting product. Blockchain voting has the potential to create more security, convenience and collaboration between opposing political groups.

  • WKYC

    Why can’t we just vote from our phones?

    A new NBC poll found about only a third of millennials say they will vote on Tuesday, suggesting their turnout may not be strong. Yet a local company may have a solution that could help in future elections, and it lies in a voting app. Pete Martin is CEO for Votem, a Cleveland-based mobile voting company that could let you one day cast your ballot from anywhere. “The census bureau in the 2014 and 2016 election, they’ve done these extensive surveys on why people didn’t vote. No surprise, the number one reason was ‘I couldn’t make it to the polling place,’” he said.

  • Chamber of Digital Commerce

    The Future of Voting is Blockchain

    Pete Martin, Votem Founder and CEO, sees the public’s leeriness of electronic voting and recent voting scandals as “both an opportunity and an issue.” “It just requires more education on our part. People are fearful, and I get it. But we're not going to shirk our responsibilities to make sure we can engender the trust with elections officials and people buying the system," said Martin. The implications for developing countries which do not yet have the voting infrastructure that the United States has are even more dramatic and could prove a powerful instrument for the continuing spread of representative democracy. Voting should be as easy as hopping online from home to pay bills from your checking account. In today’s digital age, we can do better.

  • The New York Times

    It’s Time for Online Voting

    Interesting article on the security behind blockchain voting.

  • BlockTeq

    How Votem Makes Elections More Accessible, Trustworthy, and Transparent by Using a Blockchain

    In this episode of Blockteq Talk, Jeff Stern of Votem explains the work that Votem does and how they help make elections more accessible, trustworthy and secure by using a blockchain. Jeff also details the problems that exist within the existing voting system, why Votem is well suited to solve these problems, the difficulties Votem faces, how Votem stands out from other mobile voting platforms, Votem’s open source “Proof of Vote” blockchain system, and much more.

  • Digital Politics

    Moving To Secure Online Voting: Pete Martin of Votem

    Pete Martin, Founder and CEO, Votem Corp. is focused on making it easier for people to register and vote particularly on their mobile devices taking advantage of a secure mobile blockchain voting platform. With the acquisition of Everyone Counts, Votem is expanding the universe of those who are being offered the opportunity to vote online. With a just announced online voter guide and online ballot being developed for Los Angeles County voters, the move to bringing the election process into the 21st Century is starting to gain momentum.

  • Independent Sector

    Innovate for Good Challenge – Independent Sector and Accenture

    This year, Independent Sector and Accenture partnered to launch a new initiative to uncover some of the most novel examples of organizations leveraging new I.T. to drive social change. The Innovate for Good Challenge recognizes organizations catalyzing social change through their use of new I.T. such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and/or extended reality. We were overwhelmed by exceptional application entries and nominations from extraordinary organizations advancing social impact in this inaugural year of the challenge

  • Cleveland Magazine

    Chain Reaction – Cleveland as a mecca for the innovative technology that could transform the internet.

    “We’re building a company for the future, not the past,” says Martin. “We were convinced blockchain is clearly the future.” Votem has run internal elections for unions, the Ohio State Bar Association and public elections for military service members overseas. After bots polluted the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame fan vote with bogus submissions, Votem took over administering it. The process is relatively simple. After verifying their identity, voters cast their ballots in an app or on an online webpage. Votem’s software, built using blockchain protocol, tracks and checks the ballot from submission to when it is counted. Since the blockchain network is transparent, voters can track their ballot from casting to counting too.

  • Onwrd Podcast

    Onwrd: Secure Elections with Jeffrey Stern of Votem

    Democracy could use a reboot. A systems upgrade. We are in the middle of the 21st Century, and many basic democratic structures are way out of date. Voting is one of the most obvious examples. In today’s episode, I talk to Jeffrey Stern of Votem, a mobile voting platform designed to securely cast votes in elections across the globe. Votem is one of many social innovators helping shift our democratic institutions into the digital age by improving the accessibility and security of the sacred right to vote. For more information, connect with twitter.com/@sternJefe

  • The Brookings Institution

    How blockchain could improve election transparency

    This highlights a need to create awareness among the government officials and build the technological capabilities for making possible a technology-driven, transparent electoral process. According to Pete Martin, CEO of Votem and a proponent of online voting, we are two years away from major online elections running on blockchain in the U.S. As governments change, the process of electing such governments is bound to change too—and blockchain may have a part to play.

  • Atelier BNP Paribas

    Will we all soon be voting via the blockchain?

    Votem is exploring the same territory, developing a system – also using blockchain technology – that enables citizens to vote in a secure manner on their smartphone. The Cleveland, Ohio-based company argues that this mechanism will help to discourage abstention by making it easier and more convenient to vote, reducing the risk of electoral fraud, and consequently restoring public trust in the democratic process. Having carried out a number of dry runs at private elections, Votem is planning to put this technology to the test at the forthcoming mid-term elections in the United States

  • Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Can Blockchain Be Used for Public Good

    That potential extends well beyond the world of digital currencies, which is where blockchain remains in the popular imagination — for now. “People still think ‘bitcoin’ when they hear the word cryptocurrency,” Galen says, “but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the surface is the much more robust blockchain platform that goes well beyond bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.” A blockchain is essentially a shared digital ledger that records transactions and stores data in a transparent, decentralized way, making it a powerful tool for a range of social enterprises, from tracking coffee through a supply chain to building a credit system for the 2 billion “unbanked” people worldwide who still lack basic financial services. The study looked at applications in every major sector and found that healthcare, financial inclusion, aid, and democracy and governance were the areas with the most existing “blockchain for good” initiatives... ...During the 2016 U.S. elections, the Montana state government worked with Votem, a Cleveland-based mobile voting platform, to use distributed ledger technology for absentee voters. A post-election survey determined that 99% percent of voters who used the Montana system found it convenient and would use it again. “The potential for positive social impact in the U.S. is great,” the Stanford researchers write, noting that more than 2.6 million U.S. citizens living overseas were eligible to vote back home in 2014, but only 93,000 of them did — a turnout of 4%.