Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letter: Kansas Should End Crosscheck Voter Registration

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letter: Kansas Should End Crosscheck Voter Registration

Article excerpt

It surprises many Kansas voters to learn that the state pays for a voter registration list maintenance program not only for Kansas, but for all 27 member states. Moreover, the system, Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck, is so vulnerable to a data breach that its database of 100 million Americans' voter records could be "hacked by a novice," per Gizmodo.

In response to this discovery, the Kansas Secretary of State's office is reportedly reviewing data security issues and pledging to fix them.

Here is a counter proposal: Kansas should end Crosscheck.

Crosscheck member states - including Kansas - should instead join Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), an effective, secure and non-partisan voter registration list maintenance program. A single program with more members would provide more complete data matching, leading to more effective list maintenance. Consolidating may also encourage states not enrolled in a list maintenance program to get on board with ERIC. …

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