“It’s one thing for community members to use the app, but it’s concerning when the government does,” said ACLU of Kansas Legal Director Lauren Bonds. “From a policy perspective, it could be a real problem.”
You may remember that last year a Wichita man sued the Spirit Boeing Employee Association (SBEA) over their treatment of him, after a security guard mistook the Malaysian flag for an ISIS flag.
“The district court’s ruling is a win for democracy and transparency,” Bonds said. “Voting rights advocates now have the information they need to ensure election integrity and help provisional voters make sure their ballots count.”
Crosscheck was promoted as a data sharing tool for states to maintain their voter registration rolls. However, the program has faced both lawsuits and extensive criticism for leading to the potential disenfranchisement of eligible voters and exposing voters’ privacy.
Mediation involving ACLU lawyers and the attorney general’s office Jan. 25 also led to dismissal of Kobach’s appeal of the contempt ruling. It didn’t alter status of the state’s appeal of Robinson’s underlying election law decision, which found Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship statute unconstitutional.
“We are so happy for our clients who bravely fought for voting access not just for themselves, but for their entire community,” ACLU of Kansas Interim Executive Director Lauren Bonds said in the release.