Follow My Vote is a startup based in the corporate research center in Blacksburg, VA that is developing blockchain-based voting software. They recently released the initial alpha version of the software, giving early-adopters a preview of how their software works. Adam Ernest, their CEO, was interviewed by WSLS 10 about the software:
“You can monitor and election in real time to literally track who is the likely winner of the election,” Ernest said. “When the polls close you will immediately know who won. There’s no waiting up until two in the morning or sometimes days after to get an official results tally. The system itself tabulates votes on the fly and can give you an accurate result when the polls close.” Ernest said he’d like to involve a cyber security club at Virginia Tech to test the systems. “Have them try to hack the system and we make a big production out of it and bring a spotlight to the region and talk about Hokies really inventing the future.”
Ernest recently partnered with The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, which has given the company a platform to educate the country and world about the problems he says currently plague election systems and how Follow My Vote aims to solve them.
Follow My Vote is currently sponsoring the United We Stand Festival in Boulder, Colorado set to take place October 25 where he will be one of several panelists discussing electoral reform.
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About the Author: David Brock is a marketing intern at Follow My Vote.