Secretary of State Scott Schwab’s criticism of ACLU bothers Kansas voter entangled in data breach
Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab fired a parting shot at the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas after resolving a two-year legal fight this week.
The lead plaintiff in the case says Schwab’s statement is “tone deaf,” “completely inappropriate” and “a cheap shot.”
A settlement between the state and ACLU requires Schwab’s office to acknowledge mistakes were made in the handling of voter registration data exposed through the use of Crosscheck, a program that looks for duplicate voting files. The state won’t use Crosscheck again unless costly security upgrades are implemented, making the program dormant for the foreseeable future.
Additionally, the state must pay $8,000 in attorney fees to the ACLU.
“From the day one, election security has been our highest priority,” Schwab said. “Although progress has been made, it has also been restrained by ACLU’s odd insistence of filing costly litigation. Our office expects future disagreements to be resolved responsibly, through communication and collaboration, not courtroom confrontations motivated by financial gain at taxpayer expense.”