Elon Musk Drops MAJOR Announcement Ahead of 2024 Election

Elon Musk Drops MAJOR Announcement Ahead of 2024 Election

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and Starlink, recently used his platform to call for major voting reforms ahead of the 2024 election.

“We should eliminate electronic voting machines. The risk of being hacked by humans or AI, while small, is still too high,” Musk tweeted, generating significant agreement.

Musk was responding to a post from independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who highlighted a recent issue with electronic voting machines in Puerto Rico.

“Puerto Rico’s primary elections just experienced hundreds of voting irregularities related to electronic voting machines, according to the Associated Press. Luckily, there was a paper trail so the problem was identified and vote tallies corrected,” RFK Jr. posted, linking to the AP story.

“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,” the Independent candidate added.

Following his 2020 election loss, former President Donald Trump and his legal team were highly suspicious of electronic voting machines. They filed numerous lawsuits in various courts, alleging multiple issues, but were ultimately unsuccessful. Additionally, there were claims that changes to voting rules by secretaries of state and governors in battleground states were unconstitutional because they were not enacted by state legislatures.

Democrats dismissed Trump’s concerns about electronic voting. However, the X account KanekoaTheGreat posted a 20-minute compilation of Democrats expressing similar concerns about electronic voting machines over the years:

Spread of Malware: If a county election management system is infected with malware, it can spread to USB drives, which then transfer it to voting machines, scanners, and ballot-marking devices throughout the county.

Programming Practices: Most U.S. election systems are programmed by local county officials or third-party vendors. They use previously used USB drives on internet-connected computers before plugging them into scanners, tabulators, and voting machines.

Outdated Systems: In 2019, the Associated Press reported that most of the 10,000 election jurisdictions, including swing states, were still using Windows 7 or older systems for ballot production, vote programming, counting, and reporting.

End of Windows 7 Support: Windows 7 reached its end of life on January 14, 2020, with Microsoft stopping technical support and security updates.

The account concluded: “Hackers can potentially infiltrate elections through vulnerable USB cards, election management systems, and voting machines themselves. This underscores the urgent need for securing America’s election infrastructure.”

Meanwhile, Trump is on track to secure the GOP presidential nomination and will need to select a running mate. This decision is even more crucial this time around.

“This time Trump’s calculus will be much different than it was during his last two campaigns,” New York Magazine’s Intelligencer column noted. “Unlike in 2016, he can pretty much choose whoever he wants (within reason). Assuming the primary continues on its current trajectory, he will owe his nomination to no particular party faction; that means there’s no significant bloc of intraparty opposition that he must appease the way conservative evangelicals needed to be placated with Mike Pence.”

“Trump also has to think about his legacy. Since he’s limited to two terms, his veep will be the prohibitive front-runner in 2028 if Republicans win,” the column continued. “Even if they don’t take back the White House, the vice presidential choice is Trump’s best opportunity to designate a successor not only as party leader but as the chieftain of the MAGA movement.”

The former president has hinted at potential running mates but has yet to make a formal announcement, which is expected before the Republican National Convention next month.

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