Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan said Wednesday her office is looking to update the state’s voter registration systems, but it has little to do with last year’s hack. “We’re updating, yes, and it’s not actually due to anything that happened last year,” she said. “It’s something that, by law, we’re required to go out to bid for this in 2017.” Arizona was one of the first states to introduce online voter registration and, 15 years later, it’s time to upgrade from the VRAZ-II, an aging platform that reached its peak use in the late 1990s. Reagan has issued a request for proposal for the development of the Access Voter Information Database. Bids should begin coming in during the next few weeks.
Though no information was stolen when a single computer was hacked prior to last year’s election, Reagan said the updated system must be more secure.
“We get thousands of hits a month on this system of people trying to get in that are up to no good,” she said. “This is the time that we’re going to be changing all of our security protocols to make sure it’s even harder to get into that system.”