Iowa Caucus Disaster Proves Case for Secure-Open-Source Voting

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The Iowa Caucus failed to produce timely and reliable results from last night’s voting reportedly due to phone app failure. As a result, pundits wrongly claim that online voting is not ready for mainstream use although Estonia has successfully implemented secure online voting since 2005.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, last night’s debacle proves the case for secure-open-source (SOS) voting systems.

Closed-source systems, like the one used in Iowa, will never be ready for mainstream use because closed-source systems are notoriously vulnerable to attack due to private unverifiable code.

Open-source platforms, platforms that share their code publicly, are more secure because the code can be reviewed by the public. When a flaw is identified, the coding public works together to fix the flaw and re-release an improved system. This process of refinement improves the reliability of systems over time and transparency and security for all.

Blockchain adds another layer of security and has been successfully deployed for Ethereum cryptocurrency and Estonian e-government.

Closed-source systems, when used in government, concentrates the power into the hands of the coders much like the Federal Reserve has concentrated wealth into the hands of private bankers. Without the ability to verify information, to have free access to any and all information, even information that is rumored to be fake, the American people are unable to exercise their constitutional right to check the power of government.

Let this Iowa lesson be not a cautionary tale against online voting systems, but a clarion call to declassify the government and to make all information publicly available through secure-open-source systems.

Remember President Reagan’s prescient words, “Trust, but verify.”

Joe McHugh is an Independent candidate for President of the United States. Learn more about Joe at

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Joe McHugh is an Independent candidate for President, Forex & crypto CTA; political-economic analyst, and founder of Earth Loans.

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