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Arizona Withdraws From Interstate Vote Checking Program

Earlier this week, Arizona’s Secretary of State’s Office decided to take the state out of the  Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program.

The Voter Registration Crosscheck program was started by the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office in 2005. The idea was to compare voter registration data across participating states to make sure people were not registered in multiple states.

Arizona started sharing information with Crosscheck in 2009, but questions arose about the security and accuracy of the program. In a statement, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs says she’s not willing to take chances and wants to make sure her office is not putting the state’s voters at risk by having their registration wrongly canceled.

Arizona hadn’t sent information to the program since 2017, but this marked the official withdrawal from Crosscheck.

Arizona is a member of the nonpartisan, non-profit Electronic Registration Information Center. 

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs made the call, and she's the ultimate decision maker when it comes to protecting voter data from any outside entities that may try to steal or manipulate it.

She joined The Show talk about the decision.

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Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.