All US states should return to a paper ballot system because they were at too much risk from cyberterrorism, former President Bill Clinton has said. While it isn’t yet clear how much of the 2016 presidential election was compromised by cyberattacks, all US citizens should return to pen and paper to vote for now, the 42nd president told the BBC on Monday. “Until we get this straightened out, every state should go to some sort of paper ballot system,” Clinton said. He specifically cited Virginia’s decision last year to return to a paper ballot system, in which manual votes are counted and processed by electronic scanners.
That decision followed security experts showing a conference that a touch-screen voting machine used by the state in 2014 could be hacked in less than two hours.
Thirty states offered direct recording electronic (DRE) voting systems in the 2016 election, whereby people used to computers to log their votes, according to the Verified Voting Foundation, a non-governmental organization that researches voting technology.