Sam Linville


How can the United States expand voting rights to its citizens while increasing security and transparency?

Holding American elections on a digital platform would vastly expand voting access.

Building a new generation of American democracy

BallotCast is a distributed digital election platform that is verifiable, user-friendly, and secure. It expands voting access to hourly-wage workers, citizens with reduced mobility, and anyone who can’t make it to the polls. Americans can trust that every election has been held fairly and with the input of as many citizens as possible.

The biggest question

Could this actually work? Perhaps. We have the tools we need to create such a system— convincing people that it is legitimate, secure, and private is another story. Convincing legislators and taxpayers to invest the money in its development and implementation will be an even higher hurdle to clear. Achieving a vision that treats every citizen as an equal, an individual endowed with the natural-born right to choose those who will lead her people feels nearly impossible.

We should still try.

Read the research that contributed to BallotCast

Voting using the BallotCast mobile platform.
Eligible voters can even complete their registration electronically, removing the need for inconvenient paper forms.
BallotCast includes e-learning modules that are designed to teach non-technical users about the safety and security features built into the platform.
Throughout the voting process, BallotCast uses animated visualizations to help voters understand how their ballots are secured.
Because each ballot is independently sealed inside of the sealed block, it can be removed and pooled with millions of other ballots before the votes are counted to protect voter anonymity.
The distributed nature of BallotCast's network means that each network node must keep in sync with other nodes, or its ballots will be flagged as fraudulent and won't be accepted into the record.
Visualizations demonstrate multi-layered security protocols that BallotCast uses to keep voter data secure.
An informational website works to inform three major stakeholding parties: candidates, contributors, and voters.
I used Cinema4D to render the 3D artwork and animation.
Process diagram showing the workflow for voting and registering online.
Created by Sam Linville.