Hacking the Election: special report
Hacking the vote

3 nightmare election hack scenarios

Hackers could target e-voting machines' software update systems or simply try to delegitimatize the election

Americans will be going to the polls November 8.
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The question on the mind of many voting security experts is not whether hackers could disrupt a U.S. election. Instead, they wonder how likely an election hack might be and how it might happen.

The good news is a hack that changes the outcome of a U.S. presidential election would be difficult, although not impossible. First of all, there are technology challenges -- more than 20 voting technologies are used across the country, including a half dozen electronic voting machine models and several optical scanners, in addition to hand-counted paper ballots.

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