Sunday Georgia’s Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, released a statement announcing an investigation into the Democrat Party of Georgia after what the statement calls a “failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system.”
The statement issued by Kemp’s Press Secretary Candice Broce reads, “while we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes. We can also confirm that no personal data was breached and our system remains secure.”
The Secretary of State’s office has also alerted Department of Homeland Security and the FBI the statement said.
Rebecca DeHart, the state’s Democratic Party executive director responded to the investigation saying in a statement of her own, via NBC News, “to be very clear, Brian Kemp’s scurrilous claims are 100 percent false, and this so-called investigation was unknown to the Democratic Party of Georgia until a campaign operative in Kemp’s official office released a statement this morning. This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he cannot be trusted and should not be overseeing an election in which he is also a candidate for governor.”
Democratic challenger for GA governor Stacey Abrams reacted to the announced investigation during her appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, hosted by Jake Tapper saying that this is, “a desperate attempt on the part of my opponent to distract people.”
Stacey Abrams on the Kemp investigation: "This is a desperate attempt on the part of my opponent to distract people." (via CNN) pic.twitter.com/eyG03ZP2tt
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 4, 2018
The statement comes just two days before the nation votes in Midterms for 2018, Abrams and Kemp are in a heated battled for the governorship of Georgia, according to local news 4WWL, earlier voting ended Friday, with “more than 2 million people,” casting their ballots.
This investigation also comes a few days after a Federal Judge ruled that Georgia “must change its procedures to make it easier for some people flagged under the state’s restrictive “exact match” law to vote,” the Washington Post explains that the “exact match,” law that has come under fire, is a law that, “flags voter registrations that are found to have discrepancies, such as a dropped hyphen, with other official identifications. Potential voters are allowed to settle the discrepancy by providing proof of identity.”
The Post article explains that U.S. District Judge Elanor L Ross stated that the states exact match law was, “likely to result in the violation of voting rights for a large group of people and needed to be halted immediately.”
According to multiple media outlets both local and national, the election in GA, is simply to close too call based on polling, Abrams and Kemp are tied @ 47 percent.