The head of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Tuesday apologized to aldermen for allowing the personal information of 1.8 million Chicago registered voters to be exposed on a public server. Executive Director Lance Gough said the Aug. 12 discovery that Election Systems & Software discovered backup files stored on a Amazon Web Services server that included voter names, addresses, and dates of birth. In many cases it also included the voters’ driver’s license and state identification numbers and the last four digits of Social Security numbers. “It was quite embarrassing,” Gough said. “I’m here to apologize. This will never happen again.”
… The Board of Election Commissioners’ 2018 budget went up 34.2 percent this year to $15.6 million. That increase will pay for initiatives like new equipment, universal vote centers and automatic voter registration, according to the city’s 2018 budget.
The voting equipment now in use is 13 years old, Gough said.
“We are holding it together, barely,” Gough said, adding that replacement parts are no longer available and broken machines are being repaired with parts from other machines.