Last Friday, Internet users across America were affected by an apparent worldwide distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack using an army of household appliances to barrage the network with data requests. … In the wake of the attack, many observers speculated on what would happen if a DDOS attack were to happen in the United States on Election Day. … If this did happen, this would be an incredibly challenging day for election officials and voters alike. And while there’s no guarantee it won’t, I think the good news is that – thanks to the routinized nature of the election process – most if not all of the information voters need to get and cast their ballots is already available.
States that offer voting before Election Day (whether you call it absentee voting, vote by mail, early voting or something else) have those plans in place and information is already available. In states that don’t offer such options – or for voters that prefer to cast their ballots on November 8 – information is already available on where and when to do so.
In some ways, Friday’s DDOS attack is just another development feeding the “belt and suspenders” nature of this year’s vote, providing incentive to use the information at hand to learn, before Election Day, about casting a ballot if not actually doing so. To be honest, that’s good advice regardless of external threats to the election process.