We must have remote voting


On the same April day that New York City saw more than 800 deaths in one day, Wisconsin voters had to go to the polls for the Democratic primary. Of course, thanks to the pandemic, Wisconsin's voter turnout rate for this election was far lower than the 2016 presidential primary, which saw a nearly 50% turnout rate. Yet, the worst problems weren't the lower turnout rate and the absentee voting rife with issues. The worst part of it was that Wisconsinites had to risk their health and safety to practice their rights as citizens.

Soon enough, every other state will have to go to the polls, and we have no real understanding of when the virus will ebb. It's time, then, that we incorporate remote electronic voting options into our electoral process.

After all, the one remote option we currently have, absentee voting, clearly isn't equipped to carry out an error-free election. This year's presidential primary left Wisconsin with an immense number of absentee votes, nearly 1.1 million, which accounted for nearly 80% of the total vote share—and the system floundered. There have been numerous reports about voters not receiving their ballots in time to vote, if at all. Moreover, there were issues regarding the postmarking of ballots such that they might not be counted. Investigations are already underway surrounding these issues.

Why are we doing this to ourselves? We should be striving for a system that allows easy access to voting so that an investigation into the integrity of an election isn't required in the first place.

Electronic remote voting, secured by blockchain technology, could very well be the key. A blockchain ledger is similar to a database that keeps track of various types of transactions. These transactions, however, are not controlled by a central computer or company, but are "dispersed across multiple computers, which can be located all over the world and run by anyone with an Internet connection." What's more, these are permanent data—once a transaction like a vote is recorded, it can't be removed or edited.

This tech has already been tested and has been proven to be secure.

This tech has already been tested and has been proven to be secure.

The trick would be to ensure each voter only votes once by way of attaching a unique voter ID into the ledger. Of course, this would require some sort of nationwide or state-by-state voter identification practice, but the upside is tremendous.

For starters, it would address standing issues of voter accessibility—anyone who is eligible with an internet connection could vote. And this type of secure, remote electronic voting would likely prevent various types of voter fraud, and is pandemic-proof.

Remote electronic voting using blockchain technology would completely disallow for cases of fraudulent voting that include identities found in obituaries, and would likely prevent ballot harvesting, as the vote depends on one's unique, individual voter ID number.

The use of a unique voter ID number, along with biometrics or other government-issued IDs ensures the votes are tied to active, eligible individuals. Moreover, voters would be able to audit their ballots to ensure the proper tallying of vote totals. In West Virginia (as well as Utah and Denver), officials launched a pilot mobile voting program that used QR codes for such self-checking.

COVID-19 will certainly affect life for quite a while, and remote electronic voting would allow us to prevent the need to wait in line with thousands of people (among a shortage of poll workers) for the upcoming primaries and general election. Too, voting would become a lot more convenient. No longer would your ability to vote depend or be upended by fewer and inaccessible polling locations, or the ability to get time off from work. Instead, it'd be a mere test of one's ability to access to the internet, which could be facilitated to local public libraries, coffee shops, or any local business with a WiFi service (which might not be a bad way to attract customers, as an aside).

We are living in a technological age. Let's start voting like it.

Anthony DiMauro is a Young Voices contributor. His work has appeared in Real Clear, The National Interest, Areo Magazine, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyMDiMauro.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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Dr. Anthony Fauci's arrogance is out of control and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is one of the only members of Congress calling him out to his face. Last week, Glenn Beck exposed the truth about what happened leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, who the top players in government and science were, and what their real response was in the first days of the pandemic during a live special, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie." Sen. Paul joined Glenn on the radio program to review some of the facts uncovered during the special and to explain his next steps moving forward in Congress.

Paul said it's "amazing" that so few on the opposite side of the political aisle seem to care about the dangers gain-of-function research poses to the world. COVID-19 has a 1% mortality rate yet it still managed to cause massive destruction around the world, he said. So, what if the next mistake results in a leaked virus with a 50% mortality rate? Because scientists are researching viruses as dangerous as that, Sen. Paul explained, and some — including Fauci — believe the risks are worth it.

"It is kind of amazing, particularly that no one from the opposite side of the aisle seems to care at all about the dangerousness of this virus and that it might have come from a lab, and in all likelihood did come from a lab," Paul said. "Not one Democrat is curious at all. You know, you would think that Democrats have at least some sensibilities about the danger of things. They tend to be the ones who want to regulate away the things that could be dangerous in the workplace. Yet they don't seem to care about something that could kill millions and likely did kill millions of people. This virus has a 1% mortality and killed 5 million people so far, around the world. Can you imagine if the next one that comes out of the lab has 15% or 50% mortality? And they are doing experiments, as we speak, with viruses that have 50% mortality, and Fauci seems to have no problem with this. He says we weigh the risks verses the benefits of the research, and he comes down on the side that the risks are worth it."

"All of humanity could be wiped out if they make [another] tragic error," Glenn responded. "This is not something that the elites should be the ones making the decision. We should all be involved in these decisions. There's no bigger decision to make than, 'should we be playing around with things that don't exist necessarily in nature that have jumped to humans?' Should we be playing around with these things, making [dangerous viruses], so in case it jumps to humans, we can kill it with a vaccine? This is insanity. Insanity. Especially with arrogance coupled to it."

Sen. Paul went on to point out the additional dangers of allowing any one person to have too much authority, particularly, as in the case of Dr. Fauci, a person with casual disregard for both science and individual liberty.

"Fauci not only has a casual disregard for science, but also for individual liberty. You combine the two — ignoring the science, and then having no regard at all for individual liberty — and you have a really dangerous situation. But it's also dangerous because we've centralized the authority," Paul explained.

"Look, I have opinions on where the virus came from. I have opinions on how to treat it. But they're my opinions, you don't have to take them. If you agree with me, you can listen to my opinions. With Dr. Fauci, it's not the same. He has opinions, but he wants you to be forced to do as he says. So it is the difference between coercion and freedom. And in freedom, there are many choices. But the real danger is, as we centralize authority, ultimately you get authoritarianism. And I think that he could easily be a medical dictator, if he were allowed to be."

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COVID-19 changed everything. The way we live our lives, how we operate our businesses, how we see each other. And now, the federal government is sinking its tendrils even deeper, threatening the fabric not only of our bodily autonomy, but of the republic.

Our American way of life may never be the same. To save it, we must understand the key fundamentals of the pandemic that transfigured our society into the nightmare it is today. What is the COVID-19 origin story? Who are its top players in government and science, pulling the strings? What was their REAL response in the first days of the pandemic? The answers to these questions are frightening.

Emails, documents, and federal contracts tell a dark story that is still dominating our lives. It's time to cast a light on the shocking truth. Because only with the truth can we emerge from the darkness of this "pandemic" and take back the liberty stolen from us.

This is Glenn Beck's most important chalkboard of his life. And the most pivotal time in yours.

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