updated 2/3/2004 2:17:56 PM ET 2004-02-03T19:17:56

The Pentagon will not test an Internet voting project Tuesday during South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary, a spokesman says.

The system, known as SERVE, is the Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment. It is being developed for U.S. citizens overseas and is supposed to allow potential voters to register and vote according to their local procedures and state laws, Pentagon officials have said.

Last month, several leading computer experts criticized the system, arguing that it could be penetrated by hackers, criminals, terrorists or foreign governments.

"The SERVE system will not be used for the South Carolina primary, since certification of the system is still in progress," Pentagon spokesman Glenn Flood told The Associated Press. "It is estimated that independent testing of the system for certification will take several more months to complete."

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