In­for­ma­tion not safe

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

As we know, the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion is un­der mul­ti­ple in­ves­ti­ga­tions, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing po­ten­tial col­lu­sion with a for­eign power to in­flu­ence our elec­tion. One of the strengths of our elec­toral and voter reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem is that it’s cur­rently de­cen­tral­ized, which makes hack­ing and ma­nip­u­la­tion more dif­fi­cult. Arkansas Sec­re­tary of State Mark Martin, on the other hand, ap­par­ently has made hack­ing, iden­tity theft, voter sup­pres­sion and voter in­tim­i­da­tion far eas­ier.

I’m hor­ri­fied and out­raged that Martin has made a neatly com­piled data­base of Arkansas voter in­for­ma­tion ac­ces­si­ble to hos­tile pow­ers. His as­so­ciate, Kris Kobach, is known for his work in voter sup­pres­sion. They may ar­gue that much of our in­for­ma­tion is al­ready pub­licly avail­able, but our sec­re­tary of state had no right to dis­close it, es­pe­cially not by un­se­cured email(!), whether through ig­no­rance or in full knowl­edge of what he did.

I join many oth­ers in ex­press­ing my out­rage and de­mand­ing Mark Martin’s res­ig­na­tion. He should have pro­tected us. JANA COLLINS BUNDY North Lit­tle Rock

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