Why the United States Election System Must Adopt Blockchain Technology (Op-Ed)

Talking about the election with my family and friends, many reflect a complacent and, frankly, spoiled attitude about the manner in which things are done in the U.S. Many either don’t know or don’t care that the national election can be easily manipulated, at least in certain key counties, which hold the capacity to influence states, which further hold the ability to influence elections.

This op-ed article will look to expand on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the recent 2016 U.S. presidential election, and how, regardless of who you supported, changes to the working system need to be made that will protect the integrity of the vote in the future.

Politics are a dirty game, and many great leaders don’t want to get their hands dirty

Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, making him the 45th President of the United States, provided that the electoral college votes are properly and ethically cast in support of the popular vote - theoretically, an elector can vote any way they wish, regardless of the popular vote. Donald Trump could have ran for president at any time over the last 30 years, but the political process and its underbelly were surely one of the factors that deterred him from becoming the most powerful person in the world.

There are many factors that make becoming a major American politician unattractive for a private businessman, but the election process may be chief among them. When one considers the months spent traveling to new cities and states multiple times a day, the hotel rooms, the jet lag, the local politicians you need to wine and dine and the infrastructure that needs to be built to gain local voters, you begin to understand that there is a lot that goes into winning an election.

Even assuming you get everything right, you could still lose an election to voter fraud. Just look at the 2000 presidential election. This article in the New York Times, sixteen years ago, goes over all the problems, both illegal in nature and mismanaged, that caused a controversial win for President Bush in the swing state of Florida. I was living and voting in Florida at the time, and bags of votes were seen taken from the voting precincts to be discarded or not counted.

This one state decided the 2000 presidential election, and “swing states” are where shady voting tactics taken place in major elections. Fraud is concentrated in states where they can “swing” an election, with more stable states not prone to such issues and irregularities. There are no coincidences in politics.

President Trump knows the truth, as do I

In the most recent presidential election, either voting laws were broken or massive fraud was recorded throughout the nation. In Philadelphia, this involved the physical intimidation of Trump poll-watchers, and people being told to vote for Hillary Clinton by pollsters on election day. People would click Trump on the ballot and the vote would only register for Clinton. Even dead people have been known to vote, multiple times!