Risk of EVM getting hacked is too high: Elon Musk

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The CEO of Tesla and X, Elon Musk, has echoed the stance of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an independent candidate in the US presidential race, who has called for a return to paper ballots.

Both Musk and Kennedy advocate for this change as a means to ensure the integrity and transparency of the electoral process. The push for paper ballots comes amid ongoing debates about the security and reliability of electronic voting systems.

Elon Musk expressed support for eliminating electronic voting machines due to the risk of being hacked by humans or AI. He shared a post by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an independent US presidential candidate, who initially wrote about irregularities with electronic voting machines during elections in Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk sparked a debate by questioning the security of EVMs. “We should eliminate electronic voting machines. The risk of being hacked by humans or AI, while small, is still too high,” he posted on X.

BJP leader and former Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Sunday strongly rebutted tech mogul Elon Musk’s call to eliminate electronic voting machines (EVMs), arguing that secure digital hardware is indeed achievable. Musk sparked a debate over the security of EVMs, suggesting that they should be eliminated due to the risk of being hacked by humans or artificial intelligence.

In response to recent voting irregularities in Puerto Rico’s primary elections, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. called for a return to paper ballots to ensure the integrity of elections.

He stated, “Puerto Rico’s primary elections just experienced hundreds of voting irregularities related to electronic voting machines. Luckily, there was a paper trail so the problem was identified and vote tallies corrected,” citing the Associated Press.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. emphasized the importance of every vote being accurately counted and the necessity of preventing election interference, advocating for a nationwide return to paper ballots. He stated, “What happens in jurisdictions where there is no paper trail? US citizens need to know that every one of their votes were counted, and that their elections cannot be hacked. We need to return to paper ballots to avoid electronic interference with elections. My administration will require paper ballots and we will guarantee honest and fair elections.”

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