Governor candidate Jim Barnett continues call for end of CrossCheck

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Candidate for Republican nomination for governor, Jim Barnett, is continuing to call for the end of use of CrossCheck.

According to the news release, Crosscheck is the multi-state voter identification program run out of Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office, which has been under investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security following its unintended release of hundreds of voters’ personal information.

Barnett said he first called on Kris Kobach to end use of CrossCheck 6 months ago, and join other states in a program that actually protects election integrity and voter privacy. Barnett has also called on the Legislature to end use of the program.

“If Kobach had ended the use of CrossCheck when we called on him to do so last year, everyone would be further along. Instead, Kobach tried to fix the flawed program and cost the state of Kansas and its taxpayers a lot of time and money. This is just one more reason he shouldn’t be governor,” Barnett said, “The next governor of Kansas should help Kansas save time and money, instead of clinging to programs that have proven to be both ineffective and costly to our state.”

Barnett said a 2017 independent analysis of the CrossCheck program found that for every one voter registration that cast a double vote, 200 voters that cast legal votes would have their registrations eliminated, suggesting the program is wrong 99% of the time.