Kansas-based Crosscheck spreadsheet compromises 945 voters’ data

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Media Outlet: Topeka Capital-Journal

Joshua Geltzer was quoted in the Topeka Capital-Journal about the Kansas Secretary of State compromising nearly 1,000 voters' data:


Kansas also pushed back the start of the 2018 Crosscheck program to accommodate an ongoing review of election security protocols in the Kansas Secretary of State’s office. That began in October 2016.

The now-defunct election integrity commission Kobach was leading for President Donald Trump also raised security concerns. A group of national security and cybersecurity officials raised alarms in a court brief in a lawsuit against the commission over the its plan to aggregate data into a national database.

Joshua Geltzer, executive director of Georgetown Law School’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and a co-author of the brief, said he couldn’t speak to the data release, but thought protection of voter information had become more important amid fears of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“It seems to me big picture to put a real premium on using good cyber hygiene and cybersecurity practices when handling that sort of information,” Geltzer said.

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Joshua Geltzer is an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America. He is writing a book exploring challenges associated with modern communications technologies such as social media platforms, file-upload sites, and internet search engines.