Election Software CEO Charged With Theft Of Poll-Worker Data

DORAL, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 15: Boxes for Vote-by-Mail ballots that have been rejected or accepted due to signature discrepancies are seen as the Miami-Dade County Canvassing Board convenes ahead of the November 3rd general election at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department on October 15, 2020 in Doral, Florida. The canvassing board was verifying questionable voter’s signatures on the Vote-by-Mail ballots by comparing them to the signature on file. Voters have cast 149,683 Vote-by-Mail ballots so far and only 414 of those had been questioned. Voters head to the polls in Florida on October 19th for early in person voting for the November 3rd election where President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are facing off against each other.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Eugene Yu, founder and president of East Lansing-based election software-technology company Konnech, Inc., was arrested Wednesday in Michigan and is facing California charges related to collecting election workers’ personal data and storing it on servers housed in the Peoples Republic of China.
  • Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón is seeking Yu’s extradition from Michigan on charges Konnech violated its contract with Los Angeles County, which prohibits access of election workers’ personal information from citizens and permanent residents outside the United States.
  • Yu was arrested by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, with assistance by Michigan’s Ingham County and East Lansing law-enforcement agencies. During the arrest, hard drives and digital evidence were seized.

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