Lawsuit claims Kansas official exposed private voter data

June 19, 2018 - 11:40 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach challenging a controversial multi-state voter registration database it claims has exposed sensitive data such as partial Social Security numbers of nearly 1,000 voters.

The complaint filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas alleges Kobach's "reckless maintenance" of the Crosscheck program and disclosure of private voter data is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. It also alleges it violates the Kansas Public Records Act, which prohibits government disclosure of Social Security numbers.

The ACLU's lawsuit seeks an injunction requiring Kobach to halt transmission of personal voter data until "industry standard practices" are implemented. Crosscheck compares voter registration lists among participating states to look for duplicate registrations.

Kobach is a GOP candidate for governor.

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