STATE OF NEW YORK
2017-2018 Regular Sessions
November 27, 2017
Introduced by M. of A. VANEL -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Election Law
AN ACT directing the study of the use of blockchain technology to
protect voter records and election results
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. a. The state board of elections, in consultation with, and
2 using data collected by, the office of information technology services,
3 shall study and evaluate the use of blockchain technology to protect
4 voter records and election results.
5 b. For purposes of this act, "blockchain technology" shall mean
6 distributed ledger technology that uses a distributed, decentralized,
7 shared and replicated ledger, which may be public or private, permis-
8 sioned or permissionless, or driven by tokenized crypto economics or
9 tokenless. The data on the ledger is protected with cryptography, is
10 immutable and auditable and provides an uncensored truth.
11 § 2. No later than one year after the effective date of this act, the
12 state board of elections shall submit to the governor and the legisla-
13 ture a report on the use of blockchain technology, as described under
14 subdivision a of section one of this act. Such board shall consider the
15 use of blockchain technology in other formats and in other states when
16 creating such report.
17 § 3. The state board of elections shall evaluate such data with the
18 assistance of experts in:
19 a. blockchain technology;
20 b. voter fraud;
21 c. cyber security;
22 d. voter records; and
23 e. election results.
24 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.