Disclosing no evidence to back his allegation, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp began an investigation into the Democratic Party just two days before the 2018 midterm election, alleging the group attempted to hack Georgia’s voter registration system.
> Kemp, who is the Republican candidate for governor on Tuesday’s ballot, didn’t provide evidence linking the Democratic Party to the hacking attempt. He faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in the election.
> The hacking allegation arose from concerns raised by a computing expert that anyone’s voter registration information could be obtained from the state’s My Voter Page and voter registration site.
According to the Secretary of State’s office, there was an unsuccessful attempt to breach the system, but the system is secure and no voter information was compromised.
> The website’s vulnerability could allow someone to access personal information, such as their driver’s license numbers and address, and potentially change voter registration information without permission, said Richard DeMillo, a computer scientist at Georgia Tech.
> “The way the website is set up, once you get access to your own voter record, you can go in and change permissions and get access to anyone’s voting records,” DeMillo said. “You can change voter registration. You can download personally identifiable information.”
> The Democratic Party of Georgia responded by accusing Kemp of abusing his power and called the allegation “100 percent false”.
> After election officials received a report Saturday that the state’s voter registration website was vulnerable, they blamed the Democrats instead of correcting the issue, said Democratic Party of Georgia Executive Director Rebeccca DeHart.
Kemp has come under fire more than once during his campaign for governor, in part because he has refused to recuse himself from overseeing the election and also for his attempts to suppress votes — particularly for non-white and Democratic voters.
> “He twice this week was told by federal judges that he was wrong when it comes to voter suppression,” Abrams told Channel 2 Action News. “He is trying to rile up his base by misleading voters yet again."
> “This was a fourth-quarter Hail Mary pass that was intercepted in the end zone,” said campaign spokesman Ryan Mahoney. “Thanks to the systems and protocols established by Secretary of State Brian Kemp, no personal information was breached. These power-hungry radicals should be held accountable for their criminal behavior.”