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The Department of Homeland Security says Wisconsin was among the states where Russians tried to hack elections in 2016. Officials said the attempts failed in Wisconsin.(Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - Wisconsin and federal officials plan to gauge how vulnerable the state’s elections systems are to hacking during a two-week test as soon as this spring.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials will simulate hacking attempts, likely in May or June, to determine where the state’s weaknesses are. The program is being planned in conjunction with the Wisconsin Elections Commission and the state Division of Enterprise Technology.

The effort will also include a mock phishing campaign, in which Homeland Security officials will send “simulated malicious emails” to election clerks and others to see how they respond, according to Elections Commission documents.

The commission is being briefed Tuesday on the plan, which officials hope will help them quickly detect and thwart hacking attempts.