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YARBROUGH CALLS FOR STATE LEGISLATURE TO OVERRIDE RAUNER, GET ILLINOIS OUT OF “CROSSCHECK” VOTER SUPPRESSION NETWORK

(CHICAGO) In light of Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation that would have ended Illinois’ participation in a controversial interstate voter identification program called “Crosscheck,” Cook County Clerk Candidate Karen A. Yarbrough urged the State Legislature to take another hard look at the legislation, and come together in a bipartisan way to override the veto.

“We know that the Crosscheck program, which purports to use rigorous criteria to identify voters who may be registered in multiple states, has been abused to the point where its true intentions have become clear: to use bureaucracy as a weapon against the poor, immigrants, minorities, and senior citizens, and as a way to influence elections by erroneously removing eligible voters from county voter rolls,” said Karen A. Yarbrough.

“In public remarks, Rauner stated that he didn’t believe this was about cybersecurity, though we also know that the centralized databases and methods of transferring data between states are not secure. He also said he didn’t see ‘any reason’ to leave the program, which tells me he isn’t looking very closely. Simply put, the legislation he vetoed would ensure Illinois only participates in the ERIC system, a similar network that has proven to be fair and reliable.

“Regardless of whether the veto is overridden, as Clerk, I will take action as soon as I can to end Cook County’s participation in the Crosscheck program.”

Yarbrough, who previously served 12 years as a state legislator and six years as Cook County Recorder of Deeds, has led the way in exploring new use cases for blockchain technology, having made CCRD the first government office in the United States to endorse the cryptographically-secure method of storing data. ERIC stands for Electronic Registration Information Center.

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It's Time for Secure Elections

“We face unprecedented data and cybersecurity threats. My first act as Clerk will be an audit of the voting systems that protect the integrity of our elections.”

KAREN A. YARBROUGH

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In a recent survey, “…79 percent of the respondents said they were somewhat or very concerned that the country’s voting system might be vulnerable to computer hackers.”

NBC NEWS, 2/8/2018

Karen A. Yarbrough, Cook County Recorder of Deeds, is a full-time administrator, overseeing a $12 million budget and 140 employees – one of the largest Recorder’s office in the United States by volume. In that role, she has established herself as a national leader in the growing movement to change the office of county recorder from a place where property fraud happens, to a place where property fraud is confronted.

Karen has a B.A. in Business Management from Chicago State University, an M.A. in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University, and advanced leadership studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Karen has served on numerous boards, enhancing the quality of life for citizens and has received many prestigious awards highlighting her advocacy, community service and legislative work.

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The 2018 Election for Clerk is important

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Voters will decide who will lead the merger of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

As our current Recorder of Deeds, no one will advocate more strongly that the vital programs she created at the Recorder’s Office will continue in a combined office.
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KAREN YARBROUGH’S PRIORITIES:

* A focus on cybersecurity
* End Cook County participation in CROSSCHECK program
* Exploring a return to paper ballots
* Smart integration of Clerk & Recorder offices
* Exploration of distributed ledgers for paperless government
* A government identity system owned and controlled by the people