From the last several months, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have become the topic of debate in India. Many reports claim that it is easy to manipulate the numbers in these EVMs and also claims that these systems are easy to hack. EVMs also do not meet the legal requirements set out in the Information Technology Act, 2000.
“There is worldwide acceptance of the need for a paper trail in conjunction with EVMs.”
List of countries that have banned or monitored the use of EVMs:
In 2008, Netherlands banned the use of EVMs after people questioned the authenticity of the voting machines.
In January 2016, the UK Parliament revealed that it has no plans to introduce electronic voting for statutory elections.
In Germany, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been termed as unconstitutional and has been banned.
Ireland scrapped the EVM system in the country. The reason is same trust and credibility.
In 2006, the country chose to go back to paper as it is easy to manage and cheaper.
EVMs have not been used in France as the country has chosen to vote via the internet.
7. United States Of America
America still uses the paper ballot system to elect their president. Citizens feel safer in using paper ballots as compared to electronic voting machines.