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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Leads Letter to Governor Rauner on Dangerous Decision to Keep Illinois in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck System

Jul 31, 2018
Press Release
Reps. Quigley, Schakowsky, Gutiérrez, Davis, Rush, and Foster Urge Rauner to Reconsider Illinois’ Participation in Crosscheck System

CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) led five members of the Illinois House Delegation in sending a letter to Governor Rauner on his opposition to legislation removing Illinois from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck System. Reps. Quigley, Schakowsky, Gutiérrez, Davis, Rush, and Foster expressed their strong concerns over remaining in the vulnerable Crosscheck System. Click here to read the full letter or see excerpts below.

“We are writing to express our deep concern with your decision to veto SB 2273, which would have removed Illinois from participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck System,” wrote the Representatives. Not only are there numerous questions regarding the Crosscheck system’s ability to adequately secure the private voter information it collects, but there exists overwhelming evidence that the program predominately produces inaccurate or false matches.”

“Special Counsel Mueller’s recent indictment of a dozen Russian intelligence officers, including those who conspired to hack state election systems, only further reinforces Illinois’ need to upgrade its cybersecurity defenses to better protect the sensitive information of its voters, as well as the integrity of the state’s election process. However, exporting voter data, which includes partial social security numbers, via flawed security protocols, exposes millions of Illinois’ registered voters to hackers and identity thieves,” the Representatives continued.

“As foreign hackers continue to attack our democracy and influence our elections, we should be doing everything possible to empower all eligible voters to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right. Therefore, we call on you to reconsider your support for Illinois’ participation in the Crosscheck system and urge you to work with us to protect the sensitive information of all voters, while taking an important stand against voter suppression,” the letter concludes.

Massachusetts and Kentucky recently announced their withdrawal from the program and many others have been sued for voter suppression resulting from flawed Crosscheck purges. Others have joined the Electronic Registration Information Center—a credible alternative to Crosscheck for maintaining accurate voter rolls that has the support of a number of independent elections experts.

As a Member of the House Intelligence Committee and Ranking Member of the Financial Services & General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Quigley is sounding the alarm on the serious vulnerabilities that exist in our outdated election infrastructure. He recently introduced an amendment to reverse Republicans’ election security cuts, which zeroed out the $380 million in EAC funding that he secured for FY18. Rep. Quigley offered a Motion to Recommit (MTR) to force a vote on the amendment, which Republicans rejected on a party-line vote.