Rick Perry: Blockchain should be used to ensure security of votes

Blockchain could store information such as a voter's identity, where, and when they voted.
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Voters in 2020
Voters in 2020
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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry believes that blockchain technology could be used to keep Americans' votes secure.

"I happen to think that blockchain computing may be the answer to our voting woes that we have in this country," Perry told the John Solomon Reports podcast on Tuesday.

He said the "continuity of that information is the way to guarantee integrity in our voting system, so that you know who somebody is, you know that they're appropriately voting, that — where they voted, when they — not how they voted, and keeping that information in a blockchain format, may be the real answer on this voting side of things. And if it is, we can't get there fast enough."

Blockchain, which is most notably used with cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, "is a shared, immutable ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking assets in a business network," according to IBM. Anything valuable, whether tangible or intangible, can be tracked on blockchain, or the "shared, immutable ledger."

Information in the shared ledger cannot be changed after being recorded. If an error was made in recording information on blockchain, then a new entry must be made to reverse it, and both the original and newer entries are visible.

Thus, as Perry suggested, a voter's identity, and the date, time, and medium by which they vote, could be recorded. He added that this would make it more difficult for voter fraud to occur.

The former Secretary of Energy under former President Donald Trump also discussed climate change, explaining that even the Biden administration and Democrats cannot agree on what it means.

But Perry added that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) chief of staff said, "it's really not about climate. It's about redistribution of wealth."

The former governor noted that when looking at the proposed tax and energy policies and eight billion dollars for a "climate corps ... to go put all of these kids all out across the country talking about climate change," it is actually "a reeducation process by this administration."

"They're trying to change America and turn it into a Marxist country," Perry added.

The infrastructure bill and budget reconciliation bill currently working through Congress include the "climate corps" he referred to.

With the midterm elections coming up next year and Democrats pushing their agenda, Perry said that Americans will stand up and tell the Biden administration, "'hell no, and we're going to punish you and punish you harshly,' as they should."