Some states fear that a Kansas voter record system could fall prey to hackers, prompting a delay in the annual collection of nearly 100 million people’s records into a database scoured for double-registrations. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach touts the program, called Crosscheck, as a tool in combating voter fraud. Last year, 28 states submitted voters’ names, birth dates, and sometimes partial social security numbers, to Kobach’s office. But last fall, the news outlets ProPublica and Gizmodo reported a raft of cybersecurity weaknesses. For instance, Crosscheck relied on an unencrypted server for transmitting all that data.
Election officials in other states told Kansas to fix the problems, a process Kobach’s office says is nearly complete.
“We still have work to do finishing testing everything,” said Bryan Caskey, who handles elections matters in Topeka. “We all just need to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to ensure the integrity of the program.”