Ada County elections employees have been leery of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program since 2014 — the year they got burned by it. It was Idaho’s first year as a member. Ada County received a list of possible duplicate voter registrations and began to revoke several thousand of them, including then-West Ada School District Superintendent Linda Clark, radio personality Ken Bass and former U.S. Attorney and prominent Democrat Betty Richardson. Those voters began to call. What appeared to be duplicate records, weren’t at all. When the county realized it was in error, it quickly halted the revocations. Because of the Crosscheck program’s decentralized approach and a lack of feedback, it’s hard to tell its value to Idaho. But a look at what is known suggests it causes more problems than it catches — and it’s not clear that it’s helped catch any Idaho voter fraud that led to a conviction. … This year, 28 states — including Idaho — sent 98.5 million voter registration records to Kobach and Crosscheck. Those included such personal data as birth dates and partial Social Security numbers.
The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office provided 797,534 voter registration records in February. Crosscheck returned 257 of possible concern, said Betsie Kimbrough, state elections director.
And how many were confirmed as duplicates? “Our office does not have the number of confirmed duplicate records as each county reviewed and processed the records associated with their county,” Kimbrough said.
What about illegal votes? “Our office does not have the number of illegal votes that were found via the Crosscheck, as each county was responsible for reviewing the matches and submitting possible double votes to their prosecuting attorney’s office,” she said.