Help Fight Voter Suppression and #EndCrosscheck!

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This is Kris Kobach

Kobach is the Secretary of State of Kansas and a gubernatorial candidate. He is an attorney for a white nationalist organization. He leads the President's sham Commission on "Election Integrity". He is a paid Breitbart contributor who actively pushes a radical racist anti-immigration agenda. He brazenly supports Trump's debunked claims that he lost the popular vote due to three million illegal voters and he has been actively working to take away YOUR right to vote for over a decade. 

LATEST NEWS (last updated Oct 8, 2017)

The State Board of Elections (SBE) continues to defer putting the issue of Crosscheck on their agenda. The next data upload to Crosscheck is scheduled for January 15. We must stop our participation in this program before the next data transfer. We have launched a #FillTheRoom campaign for Tuesday, October 17th at 10:30am, at both the Thompson Center and the Board's Springfield office. We will be joined by State Representatives Carol Ammons, Jaime Andrade, Will Guzzardi, and Ann Williams, all of whom will address the Board to demand that we #EndCrosscheck.

HOW YOU CAN HELP TODAY

  1. Send an email to the Board, using the below script, to demand we end our voluntary participation in this highly partisan program used to disenfranchise voters. Email To: webmaster@elections.il.gov and cc: tech@indivisiblechicago.com:

    “I am writing you today because I am concerned to learn that Illinois has been sharing my personal data with a highly partisan and discriminatory system known as the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program. This program is run by Kris Kobach, a paid contributor to Breitbart with ties to white nationalist organizations. Just this past week we learned that Kobach is pushing to modify the National Voter Registration Act to allow states to put in place onerous proof-of-citizenship requirements, beyond asking for a State ID, simply to register to vote.

    I strongly urge the State Board of Elections to put this issue on the next Board meeting agenda and to immediately end our participation in this program before the next data transfer in January.”
     
  2. Join us to #FillTheRoom at the State Board of Elections meeting on Tuesday, October 17th at 10:30 at the Thompson Center or in Springfield. Sign up and learn more and spread the word!

OUR PUBLIC STATEMENTS CALLING FOR AN END TO CROSSCHECK


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!

Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions section.