Election chief’s voting security plan under scrutiny

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab hopes to make the state's voter registration database more secure. Local election officials are nervous about how costly his plan will be to implement.


State News

February 18, 2020 - 10:17 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ elections chief is pushing to make the state’s central voter registration database more secure by changing how counties tap into it, but some officials are nervous about what they see as a big project in a busy election year.

Secretary of State Scott Schwab has told county election officials that he wants them to use dedicated tablets, laptops or computers not linked to their counties’ networks to access the state’s voter registration database. He says Kansas is getting $8 million in federal election security funds that could be used to cover the costs.

Schwab, a Republican and former Kansas House member from the Kansas City area who became the state’s top elections official last year, contends such a setup will decrease the likelihood of foreign nationals, foreign governments or domestic hackers gaining access to voter registration records. His idea has bipartisan support.

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