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Kate Alexander, American-Statesman

AUSTIN, Texas — IBM Corp.’s (NYSE:IBM) failure to protect state information under an $863 million data center consolidation contract has prompted the Texas secretary of state’s office to pull its elections system from the project.

In August, the secretary of state got a "wake-up call" when a server crash led to a 13-day outage of the agency’s business records filing system. It exposed serious weaknesses in IBM’s ability to recover lost data, said secretary of state spokesman Randall Dillard.

If a similar failure had affected the agency’s statewide voter registration data at the time of an election, Texas counties would not have been able to verify new voters as required by federal law.

"We couldn’t allow the ability to conduct fair, credible elections to be jeopardized," Dillard said.

Read the in the American-Statesman.