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Accurate and Fair Elections

Though Ohio has a lot of good people working at their boards of elections, the faith in producing accurate elections has dwindled over the past years.

Why?

Because there is an apprehension in collecting the data needed to ensure the public that there is nothing funny going on.

OHIO HAS THE ABILITY TO GREATLY REDUCE THE COST OF ELECTIONS AND GREATLY IMPROVE CONFIDENCE IN ELECTION ACCURACY.

The only reason why we do not choose to save money and accuracy is due to politicians and local boards of elections resistant to adopting something that is foreign to them.

Require Voter Photo Identification

We advocate for the passage of legislation that requires a state-issued photo identification card to vote. These identification cards would be issued free of charge for those living at or below the poverty line.

None of the Above Option for Ohio Primaries

We advocate for passage of legislation that would place the option on all primary ballots for State officeholder races and some county offices and judges - the choice of: "None of the Above." If the "None of the Above" option garners the most votes, it will trigger a special election in 90 days. Those candidates that lost to the "None of the Above" option may not compete in the special election. This process repeats itself over and over until a candidate other than NOTA wins.

NOTA would most easily and cost-effectively be implemented with wide used of Blockchain voting.

NOTA Resources for County Board of Election Officials

Anonymous Ballot Receipts

Amend the Ohio Constitution to allow all electors to get an anonymous serialized receipt of how they voted. After the polls close, they can check online to see if their votes tally correctly.

What prevents votes being bought and sold under this system?

We have laws against selling votes now and there is no guarantee that they work without ballot receipts. Right now, a person voting absentee could run off a copy of their ballot and use that as a receipt. This argument is not a reason not to allow anonymous receipts. 

We would suggest placing a $5,000 bounty reward leading to the arrest of those trying to buy votes and a $5,000 fine and 30 days in jail for those selling their votes. Let's top it off with a $50,000 fine and five years in jail for the person attempting to buy an Ohio election.

With this deterrent in place, let's say you wanted to try to buy an election and need 1,000 votes. If you were to pay $100 per vote to throw an election - that would be $100,000 in cost - and you would have to worry that someone would turn you in for the $5,000 reward. If you wanted to lessen your fears of being turned in for illegal activity you would have to pay at least $5,000 per vote. At that point it almost makes it inconceivable that someone would 1) risk their wealth and freedom in that manner and 2) that someone would not turn that person in.

What about putting a gun to someone's head to force them to vote the way you want them to?

 Absentee voters vote at home, or other location, and so a person could possibly put a gun to their head and force them to vote a certain way right now. Providing a receipt does not stop the person with a gun nor would a receipt facilitate a person wielding a gun to come into your home and force you to vote a certain way. Additionally, this premise is absurd. To influence an election the person with a gun would need to do this many times, to many people, and the odds of them being caught by law enforcement are very, very, very good. So good, that the scenario of a gun wielder influencing an election is highly implausible - bordering on it being ludicrous. 

If Ohio were to implement blockchain voting, a person being forced to vote a certain way by gunpoint - could simply go back in and change their vote to how they wanted to vote any day before election day. Blockchain voting is superior in many ways to traditional voting and it is much cheaper.

Voter Participation Mapping

When a person votes, a pin is dropped on an electronic map of where they reside. This voter participation map makes it easy for citizen watchdog organizations and the Secretary of State to audit for voter fraud. For instance, they can see if 20 people claimed to live in a two-bedroom home and voted, or if people are claiming their residence to be an address that ends up being an empty lot or commercial building.

Blockchain Voting

Blockchain voting offers the possibility to radically reduce the cost of elections and improve their accuracy, speed, and efficiency. Many points of weakness of traditional voting are eliminated. Blockchain preserves the anonymity of the secret ballot. With Blockchain, you have the option to vote early but then change your vote anytime before election day.

With Blockchain voting, you could have the option to vote from home or from your phone as securely as you vote now. Additionally, schools, universities, colleges, libraries, churches, and senior centers can easily be converted into voting facilities for those without a cell phone, computer, or internet access.

Blockchain voting can work in conjunction with traditional voting or it can replace it altogether. Blockchain voting originated in the United States but is more popular in other countries that are serious about reducing their election costs and improving accuracy. Ohio should lead the nation and the world in blockchain voting.

Blockchain Resources for County Board of Election Officials

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