Since 2014, Ohio Has Participated in Kobach’s Controversial Crosscheck Program
COLUMBUS — Donald Trump’s “Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity” last month requested every registered voter’s personal information, but the commission’s vice chairman, Kris Kobach, already has access to Ohioans’ private data through the controversial Crosscheck program — which state Rep. Dorothy Pelanda and state Sen. Frank LaRose voted to authorize in 2013.
“Dorothy Pelanda and Frank LaRose both enabled Jon Husted to share the personal information of every single registered Ohio voter with Kris Kobach, who is now heading up Trump’s sham electoral commission,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Pelanda and LaRose made it possible for Ohio to join the error-riddled Crosscheck program, which allows 30 states to trade voter data and flag millions of lawfully registered voters for purging from the rolls. They allowed Husted to turn over sensitive personal data to Kobach — who cares so little for information security that he inadvertently revealed strategic documents when he posed for photographs with Trump last year. Pelanda and LaRose can’t be trusted to defend Ohioans’ right to vote or protect their private data.”
During the 2013-14 legislative session, Pelanda and LaRose voted for Senate Bill 200, which authorized Secretary of State Jon Husted to use driver’s license, death certificate, national databases and other information to cross-check with data in the registration rolls. Pelanda and LaRose are vying for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State.
The Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, state Rep. Kathleen Clyde has been working on the voter purge issue since she took office in 2011. She convened a panel of voting rights experts on the Crosscheck program in 2013 and has introduced multiple bills to address voter purging.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted a petition for certiorari in the case of Husted v. Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, which challenged Ohio’s purging of lawfully registered voters from the rolls.