Could this man could be more dangerous than Woodrow Wilson?

It's hard to think there could be a man more dangerous than Woodrow Wilson. After all, Wilson is attached to the root of the progressivism infecting modern American politics. But after doing some digging, Glenn found a figure whose influence could have an equally greater - and imminently more destructive - effect on the Western way of life. Glenn wants views to learn this information and share it with friends, which is why we are making the transcripts of Tuesday's monologues available on GlennBeck.com

Below is a transcript of tonight's show

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The series is called The Root, and it is designed to go beyond the reactionary surface information that you’re going to get from mainstream media and actually go to the root of the problem, and this is episode two of three episodes. Tomorrow night we close it off, and it focuses on the coming red storm and the implications of Russia’s dangerous international escalations that no one is addressing. What are the real reasons behind what’s happening in the world? More importantly, what does it mean for the future, not just of Russia or Europe, but America as well?

Last night, in episode number one, in episode number one, we showed you Russia’s deep historical roots and how Putin is following in the footsteps of Ivan the Great and others who have successfully used nationalism to unite Russians and in turn increase power and control in their region. Vladimir Putin understands Russia’s past and is tapping into something deeply ingrained in the Russian people’s DNA, and that is the Russian Orthodox Church.

This episode will provide an up-close-and-personal look at what Putin has planned for Russia and more importantly, the people he is using to get it done. In episode one you saw the history. Now, we will show you the roadmap, and it all begins with the architect whose plan is already unfolding before your very eyes. His influential voice is the foundation of Russia’s policies and actions. His views are beyond radical, beyond understanding, some of them, beyond dangerous, and openly fascistic. They are closely patterned after another certain notorious fascist leader that we have seen in the 20th century.

You may have wondered, why is Russia suddenly overtly anti-gay? What’s happening? Just recently, they deemed transgendered people and others with sexual disorders as unfit to drive. You can’t get a driver’s license. They also declared gay propaganda illegal. Teachers are now being systematically outed and then fired as anti-gay activist groups claim it is a crime to allow gays to teach children, because it won’t give kids the ability to respect the family and the Russian tradition.

I want you to know, I’m a conservative, and I find it deeply perplexing and disturbing that we are the source on this. Everyone should be very well aware of what is going on in the former Soviet Union. This is not about a gay agenda. This is about human beings, and it always starts with the Jews and the gays, and it has begun.

You may have wondered if you pay attention to the news, why is Russia, the former communist state, standing with the neo-Nazis in Greece and in Germany and in French, the extreme European right, these groups in France, just after the shooting in France, that are pushing xenophobic, outright anti-Islamic hatred…not hey, we’ve got to all live together, but hatred for anyone or anything that is Islamic?

Seeing the history and then seeing the motive, suddenly things are going to start to become clear to you and disturbing. The fundamental transformation of Russia is on, from a relatively nonideological, corrupt, soft authoritarian nation into a regressive, ideological, outright dictatorship, that fast. This episode reveals the political platform to accomplish that transformation, but for perspective, let’s go back now to 1991.

The Soviet Union, their economy had come to a screeching halt. Everything was about to change. The people were psychologically demoralized. Their country had fallen apart. It looked increasingly like the Soviet Union was going to collapse. Could you imagine what it would feel like with our country collapsing? How would you feel?

Mikhail Gorbachev, their leader, proposed reforms, but the 16 republics in the Soviet Union didn’t want reforms. They wanted independence from the Soviet Union. It’s unlike the United States of America. They were separate countries with their separate identities. They were forced into that pact. They wanted freedom.

Well, Gorbachev came up with an agreement and set a deadline to sign it. It was clear what would happen if it was adopted. The old Soviet Union would be finished. The old guard, hardline Communists desperately wanted to keep the Soviet Union together. The Communists decided maybe it’s time to change our uniforms. It’s time to go from a Communist to a Social Democrat. Maybe it’s time to act.

Meeting in secret KGB safe houses, they hatched a plan. It was August 1991. Hardliners attempted to overthrow Gorbachev in a coup. It lasted two days. Then it completely fell apart.

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Dan Rather: The Kremlin coup is over, the failed coup makers in disgrace and apparently on the run. Mikhail Gorbachev is back in charge, back as president, but not yet back in Moscow. His troubles and those of the Soviet Union are far from over.

Okay, the failed coup had done severe damage. It caused enough disruption that just four months after the coup attempt, Gorbachev was on television. He was addressing the nation. It was Christmas Day 1991.

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Gorbachev: Due to the situation with the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent Governments, I must end my duty as President of the USSR.

The Soviet flag was taken down from the Kremlin and replaced with the new flag of the Russian Federation. The Soviet Union had officially dissolved. We all cheered, but put yourself in the place of the Russian people. Russians, all of a sudden their national pride was gone.

At the height of its power, the Soviet Union had reestablished the Russian empire. It had influence all across Eurasia. It was huge, 12 different time zones, all the way to East Berlin, and then overnight it was over. They lost it, a crushing defeat for the soul of the country. The old Byzantine era line was still the de facto border, but the Warsaw Pact of 1955 which had provided the Russians with a long reach into Western Europe had also come to an end that year.

Under the Warsaw Pact, if any of the countries in the red were attacked by an outside force, those countries were obligated—Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Czechoslovakia—they had to defend that state militarily. The unified military would be commanded by the Soviet Union. Russian influence was fading really fast because those countries were lost.

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In 1991, the once glorious empire had been fractured into seemingly a million pieces. Now, here’s what people really don’t understand that you need to understand. If you look at the old Soviet empire, it was something along the lines of this. All of these states didn’t want to be a part of it. None of these states wanted—here’s Russia, the old Russia line. All of these states were forced into the Soviet Union.

Again, it’s not like the United States. They were forced to be a part of this. So when the Soviet Union fell apart, all these people cheered, but there was a problem, because when Russia forced them…you remember, they were starving people to death. They took over these countries by force. They executed. They shipped people out into Siberia, but they also did something else, they took Russians and reassigned them and said you’re now living here, you’re living here, you’re living here, and so they planted Russians all the way through all of these countries.

So, now what happened? These foreign nationalists that were part of Russia originally, they loved the mother country, Russia. They then moved here and planted, and their families grew up here, but they were Mother Russia people. They now found themselves behind foreign borders. They were no longer in Russia. The language changed. The schools changed. The military changed. Everything changes.

We will show you later in this episode how these ethnic Russians became pawns, but their spiritual and cultural heart of the nation was Kiev, Kiev in the Ukraine and Crimea, and it was now separated by this line on the map—the Ukraine, all of this, really important. This, we told you in episode one, this is the spiritual center. Those people longed for the glory of restoring the Russian empire and claiming the mantle of the third Rome.

It was crushing to lose all of this, especially to a KGB colonel called Vladimir Putin. In his 2005 annual state of the union address, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, and I quote, “The collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century. As for the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama. Tens of millions of our co-citizens and compatriots found themselves outside Russian territory.” This will play a huge role. These people that the Soviets planted in here are outside. He views this as a major catastrophe that the USSR dissolved, so he wants to be the one to restore it or at least a modern version of it.

When Putin came to power in 2000, he inherited a crippled economy and a nation that lacked direction. In the first eight years of his reign, the Russian GDP grew by over 70%. Can you imagine a president comes in, and everything 70% growth? Individual Russian wages tripled. This made him mighty popular, but there was something missing, influence. They were no longer the Soviet Union.

Putin was so laser focused on the economy for so many years, attention to politics and posturing on the international stage had been an afterthought. He realizes because of Gorbachev, Gorbachev himself now admits if he would’ve spent more time and more money addressing the bread lines instead of weapons, things probably would have turned out differently for him.

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We look at Gorbachev as a hero…not so much over there, because that was the end of the Empire.

Putin didn’t want to make the same mistake, so as a result, Russia faded into the background and eventually off the international stage. NATO influence advanced further eastward. We started saying yes, you know what, Georgia, Poland, we’ll put missiles in here. Ukraine, yes, we’ll protect you. The United States and Western Europe practically ignored Russia on the world stage, and we know this to be true, because when presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the biggest geopolitical foe to the world is Russia, the world laughed.

Enter phase two. Putin needed a geopolitical and a foreign policy, one that would return Russia and the Russian empire to its previous glory. Well, they had a policy under development. It’s been there for a long time, and it was put into effect in 2008, and Putin has been following it like a playbook ever since.

I believe the architect of Russia’s geopolitical strategy is this man, the most frightening man we have come across in all of the years that I have been doing this show. His name is Aleksandr Dugin. Most Americans have never heard of this man, but he is an advisor for the Kremlin. He is the thinking man behind the kill-large-animals-with-my-bare-hands dictator of a guy.

If he were a lone crazy man talking to himself between naps under bridges, he’d be harmless, but his policy ideas had the fast track to the Kremlin and all of the universities in the former Soviet Union, and because of that, his ideas are truly terrifying, because they are now in play, not just for the people of Russia, but for all of civilization. You will see him. You will meet him, and I will show you the roadmap he has laid out for Putin to restore the Soviet Union or something worse to its rightful, and he would say divine glory, next.

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All right, the world is in real danger. Behind me is a piano that was sitting in the main square of Kiev. This was a piano that the Ukrainians came, long live the Ukraine, and they played this at night. What were they fighting? They were fighting their president selling out to Putin and selling out and making it Russia.

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That is coming, and I want you to know that the canary in the coal mine is always the Jew. Whenever there’s persecution, rise in Marxism, rise in anti-Semitism, you will see the inhumanity to man and collective spirit take hold, and it becomes truly dangerous. As you will see in the next few minutes, it’s not just the Jews. Homosexuals are in dire trouble, real trouble because of who I’m going to introduce you to.

To get an idea of the Russian pride and their traditional belief that Russia is the divine heir to the throne of Rome, all you really have to do is take a guided tour to the Kremlin. It is a massive fortress. They describe it as the Russian version of Times Square, Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Washington Mall all rolled up into one—so many things to see.

It’s the official residence of the Russian Federation President, the Kremlin Palace. The Armory Museum is there. All of the Cold War happened here, but they rush you through all of those government buildings in just a few minutes, and then you’ll spend hours on the second part of the tour, and it takes you here, and then it takes you here, and then it takes you here, Orthodox Church, one right after another, church after church after church after church. During the Olympic Games, NBC took a tour of the churches of the Kremlin.

Really, really important, Ivan the Terrible did this. The Russian Orthodox revival in full swing now…this is not Billy Graham tent revival. This is revival that more resembles the Nazi church propaganda. Nazi imagery was glorified in the German church. In fact, within just a few months, Hitler had taken off any picture of Christ and put his picture on the altars of the churches. The same kind of focus is happening in Russia.

It’s slightly different. Russia itself is at the center. Let me give you a quote, “The meaning of Russia is that through the Russian people will be realized the last thought of God, the thought of the End of the World. Death is the way to immortality. Love will begin when the world ends. We must long for it, like true Christians.” Does any of this sound familiar?

“We are uprooting the accursed Tree of Knowledge. With it will perish the Universe.” This sounds very much like jihadists. These are the words of a guy I need to introduce you to called Aleksandr Dugin, somebody who’s known to have great influence on Russian politics. He has been referred to as the brain behind many of Putin’s policies, and I want to introduce him now to you. Watch.

Dugin believes that Russia is a supreme society, and America is standing in the way. He also believes chaos is in fact divine. In fact, Dugin’s political symbol, when we looked at it originally, my first question was what the heck is that? What does that even mean? We did our homework. It is the eight-pointed star. It is an ancient pagan magic symbol for chaos.

This type of philosophy might sound familiar. I just wrote these down in the break—purify the world with fire, die to be able to live, the world starts once it’s all torn down and burned down, chaos, a superior race. That could either be the Nazis or Iran and the 12ers from Islam. In Iran, the 12ers believe it is their job to create chaos to hasten the return of their savior.

If you look at the End Times philosophy of the 12ers, you will see that it is the reverse of our Book of Revelation. Putin’s Russia supports regimes, the Iranian regime, Syria, Hamas, and Dugin’s views and policy ideals are closely aligned. As they are closely examined, the more clear Russia’s actions become and why they are standing with far-right European xenophobes, neo-Nazis, and the 12ers in Iran.

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Why are they standing with anti-gay organizations? Well, let’s listen to Dugin. When asked about gay rights groups fighting alongside neo-Nazis, he said, “We find…very often that the Homosexual-Lobby and the ultranationalist and neo-Nazi groups are allies. Also, the Homosexual lobby has very extremist ideas about how to deform, re-educate and influence the society. We shouldn’t forget this. The gay and lesbian lobby is not less dangerous for any society than neo-Nazis.”

Gays are equally as dangerous as the Nazis, says the Fascist. Welcome to the new Russia, and it won’t stay contained in Russia. They are using these far right groups in Germany, in Greece, and now in France in a proxy cultural battle against neighbors it seeks to diminish. Do you remember when Putin moved into Georgia, Ukraine, and Crimea? When he moved in there, what happened?

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Just after one year after Putin became president of the Russian Federation in 2000, Aleksandr Dugin founded the Eurasia party. Basically what they believe is that America is the prime enemy. Dugin preaches, and I quote, listen to this, “What man is, is derived not from himself as an individual, but from politics. It is politics that defines the man. It is the political system that gives us our shape.”

A popular German historian once said similar things in the late 1800s and pioneered decades of German racism. The end result would be Nazi Germany, so when the color revolutions started to spring up all over the former Soviet Union, all of these countries, when it started to spring up in the early 2000s, it’s no surprise that Dugin blamed who? Us, America.

Putin echoed Dugin’s views. “We see tragic consequences of the wave of so-called ‘color revolutions,’ the turmoil in the countries that have undergone the irresponsible experiments of covert and sometimes blatant interference in their lives. We take this as a lesson and a warning, and we must do everything necessary to ensure this never happens in Russia.”

Do you remember in 2008 when Russia invaded Georgia? They invaded Georgia, and what happened? They said that they were protecting all of these Russian people, the ethnic Russians. Remember, I told you earlier they had moved them in from the former Soviet Union to Russianize all of these? And so Putin goes in, and he says hey, I’m just trying to do it—he just did it with Ukraine—I’m just trying to help those ethnic Russians.

When he did this in Georgia, who did Putin blame? The West. Watch.

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Vladimir Putin: I’ve told you that if the facts are confirmed that U.S. citizens were present in the combat zone that it means only one thing, that they could be there only on the direct instruction of their leadership, and if this is so, then it means that American citizens are in the combat zone performing their duties, and they can only do that following a direct order from their leaders and not on their own initiative.

Of course, it’s very clear that it was Russia who was responsible. Later, Dugin would go and visit Georgia and say, “Our troops will occupy the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, the entire country, and perhaps even Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula, which is historically part of Russia anyway.” Flash forward now to 2014.

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I want to warn you, right now there are hotspots in France and in Germany. He has just annexed this area. He is pushing this direction. I am warning you, Dugin’s playbook has been unleashed. The neo-Nazis here, the far-right Fascists here, and what do they all have in common? What are they all looking to do? This goes all over everything that we ever told you about the coming insurrection. They are all looking for chaos, which is strange, because his friend down here is looking for chaos as well.

We would expect to see more from Dugin in the future. I would urge you to pay attention to him. The problem Putin faces now is he has awakened extremists, and he has made them promises. They feel that Putin hasn’t gone far enough. How far will they go if they feel they’ve been betrayed?

Dugin is already starting to talk about betrayal. Who wins in that? Would an assassination in Russia add to chaos, and would that be a bad thing for someone like Dugin?

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.