Expert concerned about Illinois joining national voter registration database

SPRINGFIELD - A Southern Illinois University information systems technologies professor is raising concerns about potential security issues in relation to Illinois' plan to join a national voter registration database.

As part of a law that would allow voters to register on Election Day, Illinois will become part of the Electronic Registration Information Center program next year.  The law was signed by former Governor Pat Quinn.

According to ERIC program officials, above average security protocols are used to protect data, and that voter registration under their system is more efficient.  However, SIU professor Tom Imboden is questioning what would happen if the electronic registration program is hacked.

About a dozen states use the ERIC program.  Utah, Maryland, and Washington officials say the system works well, and that there haven't been any problems.

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