Johnson County Changes Election Worker Management System After Worker Records Accessed Without County Approval

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. (KCTV) – Johnson County said it will transfer the PollChief poll worker management system from Konnech to servers under the exclusive control of the Johnson County government on Friday. The move comes after Konnech authorized unauthorized data access to a third-party vendor.

The county made the announcement on Friday, citing the need for an “additional layer of security at the local level to prevent unauthorized access to software and our data.”

In a statement, Johnson County said there was no evidence of malicious activity, but Konnech had provided a third-party vendor access to PollChief for software development and technical support. This data included access to records of Johnson County election workers.

The county said less than 10% — or about 825 of 9,800 — workers’ driver’s license numbers were exposed. A driver’s license number is considered personally identifiable information under Kansas law.

Individuals whose driver’s license number was exposed to the unauthorized third party will be contacted by the county.

Johnson County said it began assessing potential risks to its election worker management system when Konnech CEO Eugene Yu was arrested in connection with a Los Angeles County investigation involving the PollChief software. On October 13, Yu was charged with criminal offenses in Los Angeles County. His company is accused of sending personally identifiable information of LA County election workers to third-party contractors not based in the United States.

PollChief is not and has never been connected to county voting machines or any vote tabulations, Johnson County reiterated in a statement Friday. The company’s system is solely a system for managing and administering election workers.

“We continue to be focused on the security of our voting systems and defending the integrity of Johnson County’s elections,” the county said Friday.

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