A cyber-security issue affecting the state’s voter registration system has not been resolved, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s blog page. The July 5 post is an update to a June 30 post saying the FBI alerted that “a credential related to the Voter Registration System had been compromised.” Further investigation revealed a county computer had been compromised by malicious software, according to the blog. Pima County Recorder, F. Ann Rodriguez confirmed that the county computer that was compromised is not a Pima County computer. Rodriguez said in two conference calls with county recorders across the state, the Secretary of State’s office explained security experts were working with the system vendor to make sure voter information was not accessed or otherwise tampered with. As a result, the Secretary of State, Michele Reagan, decided to take the voter registration site offline. This now affects two important processes.
First, anyone who registers to vote or makes a change to their registration on the Service Arizona website, according to Rodriguez, will not have their data transferred to the Secretary of State’s records. That data transfer will not happen until the voter registration system is back online.
The second process affected is how Clean Elections candidates can receive their $5 dollar contributions to qualify for public funding. The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act applies to candidates running for governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, corporation commissioner, mine inspector, state Senate and the House of Representatives.