On October 23, a story broke in Mother Jones, ProPublica, and Think Progress that caused a big stir in voting rights circles. A group of citizens in Illinois had discovered some smoking-gun evidence that the problematic Interstate Crosscheck program had some major security issues—and that key people knew about them.
That group was Indivisible Chicago. For several months, the team had been pressuring their own state’s board of elections to remove the state from the Crosscheck program, going from office to office to build a coalition of elected officials—and becoming statewide experts in the process. It was in the course of this work that they learned of major security flaws at the national level.