Update #8: Linn County voter data


August 16, 2017


Becky Stonawski

Deputy Commissioner of Elections

(319) 892-5300, ext. 1


Update on Voter Security Issue

(CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – July 16, 2017) A security lapse occurred in the Linn County Elections office on August 4, 2017. The Linn County Auditor’s Office has been working diligently over the past twelve days with both law enforcement and online companies to minimize any potential issues associated with the August 4 security lapse. We have appeared before the Board of Supervisors four times over the last twelve days, and we have been in constant communication with the Linn County Attorney’s office.

Legal processes are ongoing. Unlike hacking or theft of computer information, here we can identify where the data went. We are working to ensure that the data has not – nor will not – be further disseminated. As we work to resolve this issue, we are hopeful that further security measures, including ID protection, will not be necessary. If however, additional measures become necessary, we will comply with Iowa law. At this point, the public needs to take no action.

The Linn County Elections office apologizes sincerely for the stress and loss of trust that this situation has caused. We appreciate the public’s patience, and we believe that the situation will be resolved. We encourage Linn County voters to continue to exercise their right to vote.

For additional information, please contact Linn County Election Services. Phone: 319-892-5300, ext 1. Email: elections.


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