April 10, 2020 US scientific body warns that blockchain will not solve the security inadequacies of digital voting.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues has issued an open letter explaining why digital voting systems are insecure and that blockchain technology will not solve the problem. The letter is directed at state-level politicians and election officials and contains research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine as well as other notable bodies. Specifically, the letter states that current methods provide inadequate audit and voter verification mechanisms and that the security vulnerabilities of digital systems may be further exasperated by blockchain technology. The warning comes amid growing calls to digitize US voting processes in light of the COVID-19 epidemic that poses health risks to physical voting procedures.