The chief election officer in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office said Tuesday that a multistate voter registration database that Kansas manages is being thoroughly reviewed for security concerns, but it is unknown whether Kansas will have to foot the bill to upgrade the system. “I legitimately do not know the answer to that yet,” Bryan Caskey said during a phone interview Tuesday. “We’re still evaluating all options, and one of the options is cost.” The Kansas secretary of state’s office manages a database known as the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which contains voter registration information for millions of voters in more than 25 states. In some cases, those records include the last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number.
The review began after Pro Publica, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization, published a story in October detailing how easily the system could be hacked.
Crosscheck is a project that began in 2005 when Republican Ron Thornburgh was secretary of state. Originally, it included voter registration data from only four states — Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.