The director of the state’s elections division tried to reassure Kansas lawmakers Wednesday that steps are being taken to ensure the security of a multistate database of voting rolls known as Interstate Crosscheck that is administered by the secretary of state’s office. Bryan Caskey, who runs the elections office under Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, told the House Committee on Government, Technology and Security that the system currently is not accepting any new data, either from Kansas or any of the other 27 states that participate in the program, and it won’t be reactivated until new security procedures have been tested and verified.
“We are currently finalizing our system and testing it in conjunction with other states,” Caskey told the committee. “To go along with that, we have been partnering with the (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security since October 2016 over various election systems, and DHS is scheduled to do a review of several election systems, including specifically Interstate Crosscheck the first part of February.”
The Interstate Crosscheck system was developed in 2005 as a partnership between Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. It was intended to identify voters who had moved across a state line but had neglected to cancel their voter registration in their former state.