Hacking the Election: special report
Hacking the vote

Hacked voter registration systems: A recipe for election chaos

Hacking a voter registration system could deny voters their ballots

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Credit: Michael Kan

How do you disrupt the U.S. election? Hacking a voter registration database could very well do just that.

Imagine thousands or even millions of citizens' names mysteriously disappearing from a database. Then when Election Day comes along, they find out they aren't registered to vote.  

Some security experts warn that this scenario isn't totally far-fetched and could deny citizens from casting ballots.

"If that happens to a few voters here and a few there, it's not a big deal," said Dan Wallach, a professor at Rice University who studies electronic voting systems. "If that happens to millions of voters, the processes and procedures we have would grind to a halt."

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