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Did you hear about DC's online voting test run? What do you think of the idea of online voting?

Last week, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics opened a new Internet-based voting system for a weeklong test period, inviting computer experts from all corners to prod its vulnerabilities in the spirit of "give it your best shot." Well, the hackers gave it their best shot -- and midday Friday, the trial period was suspended, with the board citing "usability issues brought to our attention."

Here's one of those issues: After casting a vote, according to test observers, the Web site played "Hail to the Victors" -- the University of Michigan fight song.

"The integrity of the system had been violated," said Paul Stenbjorn, the board's chief technology officer.

Stenbjorn said a Michigan professor whom the board has been working with on the project had "unleashed his students" during the test period, and one succeeded in infiltrating the system.

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 12:44 PM on Oct. 5, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • LOL, that's a funny hack.

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:46 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • I dont think so! WAAAAY too many variables. But then I ALSO think you should hgave to show a valid ID to vote in the first place! There are WAY too many people who can cause al kinds of havoc with this!!

    Answer by momof030404 at 12:48 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Hate it, hate it, hate it. Too many kids will figure out how to and will be successful at hacking into the system and either voting under age or voting multiple times for their candidate.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 12:50 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Stupid idea. It's up there with the Diebold voting machines. They can all be manipulated. Plus there is no paper trail.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 1:02 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Absolutely not.

    The lifelong first-of-the-monthers should have to do at least SOMETHING to earn their keep, even if it's only piling themselves into the Geo and sliming down to the polls!

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 1:05 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • how silly.

    Answer by gertie41 at 1:14 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • No way, how could you really prove who you were. I see too many people abusing this.

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 1:19 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • I think this is hilarious....

    On a serious note~this was directed towards military overseas. I think there is a way to make it SPECIFIC to overseas troop and their family. voting only from military computers on military bases that are designated (ie: PACAF, USAFE are examples of AF overseas).. But I don't think random computers should be allowed access..

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 1:24 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • I think more people would actually vote if they could do it in their own home. But, it leaves plenty of room for error...that's the scary part.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 1:44 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • We do our banking online...not sure why that is safe and voting online isn't....

    Answer by UpSheRises at 1:44 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

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