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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

If only voting in America were always this...American

Michigan - the Leaders and Best...hackers?

Yep.  And that's a good thing in this case.

Last week, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics (<-- write your own joke there) opened a new Internet-based voting system and invited computer experts to test the system to probe for vulnerabilities.  But on Friday, the test was halted by the board citing "usability issues brought to our attention."

And what "usability issues" were they referring to?  Well, when test voters completed their balloting process the website then began playing Michigan's fight song, "The Victors."  Apparently a University of Michigan professor who was working on the project with the D.C. Board "unleashed his students" on the system and they were kind enough to uniquely expose the vulnerability.

Now, I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound like a flaw to me.  In fact, that sounds like the system is working just fine - if not even better - than intended.

Actually, I wish the U-M students hadn't told D.C. there was an issue.  I can see what the news report on election night might have been like...

"Good evening.  I'm Brian Williams.  There's a stunning result just coming in to NBC News from our nation's capital.  The new mayor, getting 100% of the vote is...the Honorable Denard Robinson.

Voting and The Victors: It doesn't get any more American than that

(HT: Todd & SG)

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