Help Us End the Interstate Crosscheck Program

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This is Kris Kobach

He is the Secretary of State of Kansas.  He is an extreme Republican nationalist who promotes voter suppression efforts, a radical racist immigration agenda, and brazenly supports Trump's debunked claims that he lost the popular vote due to three million illegal voters.  He is Vice Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission for Election Integrity, was educated at Oxford, and he has been actively working to take away YOUR right to vote for over a decade. 

UPDATE: 8/8/2017

We have learned that the State Board of Elections has decided not to put the issue of Crosscheck on August meeting agenda, despite an outcry from the public and demands from our State and U.S. Representatives. This is incredibly disappointing. As a result, we have our latest action detailed below. If you already sent an email - thank you! - but please take action again and have no doubt, we will be calling for more actions leading up to the August 22nd board meeting!

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New Resources:
Kobach/Crosscheck Frequently Asked Questions

Read Statements from those demanding that Illinois End Crosscheck (in order received)
Indivisible Chicago Letter (co-signed seven IL State Legislators)
U.S. Representative Gutierrez Letter
U.S. Representative Quigley Statement
U.S. Representative Schakowsky Letter
Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul Letter
Illinois State Senator Iris Martinez Letter
Illinois State Representative Greg Harris Letter
Illinois State Representative Robyn Gabel Letter
Illinois State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Daniel Biss Letter
Illinois State Representative Laura Fine Letter
Illinois State Representative and Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang Letter
Cook County Democratic Party Letter


What is Crosscheck?
And... Wait, Illinois Participates in Kobach's Voter Suppression Program?

Since 2005 Kris Kobach has managed the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck system and grew the membership of the program from three states to twenty-eight states - currently Illinois is a member!  Each year since 2010, approximately 8.6 million Illinois voter registration records have been submitted to the Arkansas and Kansas Secretaries of State, including names, birth dates, and partial social security numbers.  That’s right...Kobach has the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. The most recent submission was March, 2017. 

An analysis of the program published early this year by researchers at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Penn, and Microsoft found that the criteria Crosscheck used to find matches creates millions of false positives:

Out of the 240,000 paired registrations that Crosscheck sent to Iowa, there were only six cases where it appeared that the same person registered and voted in two different states.  In other words, OVER 99 percent of the matches sent to Iowa were unlikely to have anything to do with attempted voter fraud.

When the State of Oregon left the program, its Secretary of State stated that “the data provided by the program was simply unreliable. Not only is it unreliable but it has been used by the State Board of Elections in Virginia and in Ada County Idaho to PURGE legal voters from the voting rolls!


What can you do?

Demand the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) put this issue on the August agenda and terminate its voluntary partnership with Crosscheck immediately.  At the meeting the SBE will also consider whether to hand over Illinois voter registration data to the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity - led by none other than Kris Kobach.

Send the below email to the SBE today. We ask that you copy Steve Sandvoss, Executive Director of the SBE. Mr. Sandvoss made the decision to not include Crosscheck on the agenda in the upcoming meeting. We have long and short-form emails below, pick whichever you're most comfortable with - or better yet, write your own!

Send an email copying all three of these addresses:
webmaster@elections.il.gov
ssandvoss@elections.il.gov
tech@indivisiblechicago.com

Long-Form Email Script (Copy/Paste)

I am an Illinois resident and I’m writing you today because I am concerned about the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s request for voter registration data and also about the State’s participation in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program.

Both systems are tainted by the oversight of Secretary Kris Kobach. Kobach has a long, well-documented history of supporting anti-immigration and voter suppression programs. He has lost multiple lawsuits to the ACLU in his efforts to disenfranchise voters.

Moreover, I am incredibly disappointed that the State Board of Elections has decided not to put Illinois’ participation in Crosscheck on the agenda for the August 22nd Board meeting, despite demands from multiple state legislators and U.S. Representatives that Illinois abandon this program. 

Regarding Kris Kobach, his past actions telegraph the intent behind the Commission, which is not a legitimate government agency nor is it acting to fulfill a legitimate government purpose. They have no power to compel the SBE to provide the information they are requesting. It is quite clear that the Commission was created to justify President Trump’s debunked claims that millions of votes were cast illegally in the last election. In Crosscheck, Kobach intentionally built a flawed system to generate false and misleading statistics to bolster his lies of large-scale voter fraud. A system that disproportionately disenfranchises people of color. Undoubtedly, he is on this Commission to do the same. 

The Illinois State Board of Elections is a steward of the public's sensitive voter registration data and has a responsibility to protect it from misuse at all cost.  It is clear, based on the personal and legal history of those in charge of managing both the Commission for Election Integrity and Interstate Crosscheck that they are manipulating our data to advance purposefully misleading notions of widespread voter fraud in an effort to advance even more restrictive voter registration programs designed to disenfranchise legal voters.  Crosscheck is an insecure and preposterously inaccurate system. A system that yields 99.5 percent false positives, is a clear waste of taxpayer resources. Considering the public outcry, legislator response, serious privacy and cyber security concerns with Crosscheck, the partisan issues associated with Kris Kobach, and the fact that state law requires the Board to participate in the non-partisan ERIC system, it should be a simple and reasonable  decision for the SBE to immediately withdraw from this program.  

By participating in a program clearly designed to generate propaganda and lie to the American people, Illinois becomes a collaborator in this voter suppression scheme.

I strongly urge the SBE to vote to refuse to release any data to the Commission and to put consideration of ending our state’s continued participation in the Interstate Crosscheck system on the August 22nd agenda.  Additionally, I call on the Board to deny any and all request for voter registration information from the Commission for Election Integrity, as it is not a government agency and it does not serve a legitimate government purpose. Those on the Commission have no regard for integrity in any way and have been shown in federal court to employ deceptive tactics to take away our right to vote.

[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR ZIPCODE]

Short-Form Email Script (Copy/Paste)

I am an Illinois resident and I’m writing you today because I am concerned about the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s request for voter registration data and the State’s participation in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program.

I strongly urge the SBE to vote to refuse to release any data to the Commission and to put consideration of ending our state’s continued participation in the Interstate Crosscheck system on the August 22nd agenda.  Additionally, I call on the Board to deny any and all requests for voter registration information from the Commission for Election Integrity, as it is not a government agency and it does not serve a legitimate government purpose. Those on the Commission have no regard for integrity in any way and have been shown in federal court to employ deceptive tactics to take away our right to vote.

[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR ZIPCODE]