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Gov. Candidate Abrams Responds to Kemp Hacking Probe

07 November 2018

Abrams called Kemp's allegations of hacking "a desperate ploy" and a distraction from those scandals. "And you don't deserve a promotion when you do not serve the people you've been hired to serve".

His Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, said he is making a baseless accusation to deflect attention from an apparently severe security flaw in the system Kemp is responsible for overseeing.

CNN reported that Kemp's office first found out about the possible weakness in the system when the emails were forwarded by a representative from a cybersecurity expert who was brought in by the Democrats. "I just want to say: Jesus don't like ugly ... This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he can not be trusted and should not be overseeing an election in which he is also a candidate for governor". Brian Kemp has never once taken responsibility for his actions.

According to AP interviews and records released by the Georgia Democratic Party, a lawyer for election-security advocates, David Cross, notified both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Kemp's counsel Saturday that a citizen had alerted him to the flaw. "There was nothing to substantiate" the claims, said Kemp spokeswoman Candice Broce.

The Democratic Party of Georgia said it was blindsided Sunday when Kemp's office announced it had "opened an investigation" into the party on Saturday evening after what it described - without evidence - as "a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system". "This is how we would handle any investigation when something like this comes up".

The Coalition for Good Governance, a plaintiff in the voting integrity lawsuit against Kemp, issued a statement decrying his outsourcing of the voter registration database and electronic poll book voter check-in system to a third party, PCC Technologies.

The DHS inspector general in June 2017 said Kemp's complaint was without merit.

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Democrats rejected Kemp's charge. They contend he has been lax on securing voter data and that his office previously improperly disclosed private information on six million Georgians. "And he should not get a promotion to a higher position, because he will constantly abuse that power, as well".

Kemp's latest allegations were met with scepticism from cybersecurity experts, who noted that identifying who is behind a particular hack was time-consuming and extremely hard.

Georgia's secretary of state was first alerted of a potential vulnerability Saturday afternoon.

Winfrey has campaigned for Abrams, the former minority leader for her state's House of Representatives.

Her husband Lance Whatley, a 29-year-old software engineer, was leaning toward voting for Kemp as he waited.

It's just the latest in a series of partisan moves by Kemp, who has held up more than 50,000 voter registrations for inconsistencies as small as a missing hyphen, fought rules to give voters a chance to prove their identities when their absentee ballot applications are rejected for a lack of a signature match, and been aggressive in prosecuting those who have done nothing more than try to help those in need of assistance in casting ballots.

Gov. Candidate Abrams Responds to Kemp Hacking Probe