Federal election law requires states to keep accurate and up-to-date voter registration rolls. But one tool to help them do so is at the center of a partisan debate. In Illinois, many Democrats are calling on the state Board of Elections to stop participation in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, or Crosscheck, for short. Illinois is one of about 28 states that share voter registration data with Crosscheck, which uses it to look for voters who are registered at more than one address.
Participation in the program is free. But many Democrats have come out against the program, including Aaron Ammons, a candidate for Champaign County Clerk.
“I can understand how initially, it may have been used or brought or pitched to the Illinois State Board of Elections,” said Ammons. “However, Kris Kobach, he has weaponized this program with the intent of voter suppression.”