Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday he’s reevaluating the state’s involvement in a longtime multistate voter registration database. Denney says that his office has received hundreds of emails from citizens raising concerns about Idaho’s involvement in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. “I don’t think anything has been compromised up to this point,” Denney said. “But we have questions about the security and we need to get answers to that before we make the decision to participate again or not.”
Crosscheck is designed to clean voter records and prevent voter fraud by comparing individual voter registrations and searching for duplicates. The program relies on state voluntarily handing over their voter lists. This year, 28 states participated. Four states have left Crosscheck: Florida, Washington, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Idaho has participated since 2013.
It’s up to the states to decide how they want to proceed with the Crosscheck data.
Some states, like Illinois, take years to verify whether someone should be removed from the state’s voter rolls. Meanwhile, in Idaho, the process can be less stringent. Ada County election officials admitted they wrongly pursed more than 750 voters from the rolls based on Crosscheck matches in 2014.