Voters from West Virginia will be able to use the blockchain application for voting during the election of members of the House of Representatives and Senate in November 2018.

Residents of West Virginia, working abroad, will be able to vote in elections using a smartphone. Such a move should make it easier for the military staying temporarily abroad to vote in the midterm elections scheduled for November. The facial recognition software will ensure the photo and video show the same person. Once approved, they will be able to file federal ballot papers using a special blockchain-based application for smartphones.

The application was developed by the Boston-based company Voatz. A user needs to register by taking a photo of his identity card and recording a selfie video. Voting is anonymous and recorded in the blockchain.

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and Voatz, the Boston company that developed the app, insist it is secure.

In May, the project passed a pilot testing. American servicemen and members of their families from the counties of Harrison and Mongonalia, who are working abroad, used the blockchain-based application to vote. Now it was decided to extend the experiment to all 55 counties in West Virginia.

In November, US citizens will vote to choose members of the House of Representatives and a number of senators.