Chandler sees results from mobile voting mock election

The city of Chandler held its mock election throughout November and tabulated the results of Dec. 1. The mock election was held to test blockchain technology via mobile voting.  (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The city of Chandler held its mock election throughout November and tabulated the results of Dec. 1. The mock election was held to test blockchain technology via mobile voting.  (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The city of Chandler held its mock election throughout November and tabulated the results of Dec. 1. The mock election was held to test blockchain technology via mobile voting.  (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The city of Chandler held its mock election throughout November and tabulated the results Dec. 1. The mock election was held to test blockchain technology via mobile voting.

Chandler City Clerk Dana DeLong said the process was informative and that 202 ballots were counted—a 203rd ballot was received but not counted because the voter signed their name alongside a smiley face.

"We learned a lot about the process and had representatives from the county recorder's office and state to watch," DeLong said. "We were able to have this conversation about the process and what we were doing. We are the first city in the state of Arizona to use this technology for an election. It was on brand for Chandler, being the first and innovating."

Residents were able to vote from their mobile devices throughout the month of November. When the votes were tabulated at City Hall Dec. 1, the ballots were printed out and counted, DeLong said.

Voters responded to a series of questions, including a question that asked them to rank the voting modality they prefer the most—voting in person, blockchain voting, using drop-off centers and mailing ballots. DeLong said people who voted said they preferred mobile voting and blockchain technology; the second method voters preferred was mail-in ballots.


But the mock election likely won't change city of Chandler elections any time in the near future, DeLong said. The city does not run its own elections, rather elections are held through Maricopa County, so the county would need to adopt the blockchain technology.

"It was good being able to talk about this and see where we could go in the future, and the county wanted to try it; now we know Chandler could participate," DeLong said. "It was a great learning experience."