Last month the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was created by executive order. Chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and vice chair Kris Kobach, it was made to ensure that elections are secure probably in some type of response to ensure to Americans that the elections were not rigged. While some people think Russians had tampered the 2016 elections, President Trump thinks that they were rigged in making Hilary Clinton winning the popular vote over him.

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So the Commission is being tasked with making a report about the processes of voting and registering in federal elections. The White House has thus asked all the states to send in a list of important personal information of voters. This list includes:

  1. Full names
  2. Home addresses
  3. Dates of birth
  4. Political affiliations
  5. Last four digits of social security numbers
  6. Elections voted in from 2006 onward
  7. Information about felony convictions
  8. Information about voter registration in other states
  9. Information about military status
  10. And overseas citizen information

However, the only thing is this was requested using an insecure email address unprotected by even basic encryption technology. The letter asks that the information is submitted to the email address “ElectionIntegrityStaff@ovp.eop.gov,” which does not use basic security protocols. Secure email tests confirm that the EOP email address does not use STARTTLS, an encrypting protocol that ensures the security of the emails. Roland Shoemaker, a technologist explains that:

“STARTTLS is the minimum security precaution an organization should implement for its mail servers if they expect to be receiving or transmitting potentially sensitive information,” “Without point to point encryption anyone with access to the internet link between a user and their mail server, or between two mail servers, can see exactly what has been written, who wrote it, and who it is being sent to.”

In the vice chair Kobach’s defense he does provide an alternative safer method to sending the emails, but this still does remain something to worry about. After this became public Kobach said he intended to store the information on a secure server and not disclose it to the public. Certain states have refused the order or are in half compliance though. Connecticut’s Secretary of State says:

“In the spirit of transparency we intend to share publicly-available information with the Kobach Commission while ensuring that the privacy of voters is honored by withholding protected data. In the same spirit of transparency, we will request that the Commission share any memos, meeting minutes or additional information as state officials have not been told precisely what the Commission is looking for. This lack of openness is all the more concerning, considering that the Vice Chair of the Commission, Kris Kobach, has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas. (See, for example, Fish v. Kobach, No. 16-3147, 10th Cir. 2016). The courts have repudiated his methods on multiple occasions but often after the damage has been done to voters. Given Secretary Kobach’s history, we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this Commission.”

While California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla says:

California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President’s Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections,

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Source: Gizmodo

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