Officials from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office conducted a conference call Thursday with election officials from several other states to discuss concerns about the Crosscheck program, a multistate database of voter registration information that Kansas manages and that some critics have said is not secure. Bryan Caskey, director of elections in the secretary of state’s office, confirmed Thursday that the conference call took place, but he said the issue of security concerns only came up “at a very high level.” “I would describe it as more of a kickoff conference call that we do at the start of every election year,” Caskey said. The Crosscheck database was originally launched in the early 2000s when Ron Thornburgh served as secretary of state.
At that time, it was a joint project that Kansas managed, with Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska taking part, to share voter registration rolls in order to identify voters who move across a state line and re-register in their new home but do not delete their registration in their former home — something known as dual registration.
But the program has been greatly expanded to include more than half the states under Kobach, who is also vice chair of President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.