Hackers Infiltrate D.C. E-Voting System, Force Testing Delays

While testing out its electronic vote-by-mail program for overseas voters, the District of Columbia invited hackers to do their worst to break into the system. The programming geeks answered with decisive force, with someone making the site play the University of Michigan’s fight song after a test subject submitted the ballot. D.C. officials suspended testing before patching things up and getting back online.

The voting system, dubbed Digital Vote by Mail, is said to be the first in the U.S. to give overseas voters a chance to cast their ballots with mouse clicks. For now electronic voting seems as corruptible as the old-fashioned variety.

Public Examination Announcement [District of Columbia Board of Elections & Ethics via The Washington Post]