Georgia governors race awash in election security issue

07 November, 2018, 09:00 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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Levin also said that his firm, CyberScout, has analyzed several states' election systems to look for weaknesses ranging from the accessibility of voter registration databases to the susceptibility of government websites to denial-of-service attacks. It also asks that the Secretary of State's Office remove from its website any reference to allegations against Georgia's Democratic Party.

Democrats denied Kemp's claim and ripped the investigation as a "political stunt" from a "desperate" candidate. The all-caps headline says: "AFTER FAILED HACKING ATTEMPT, SOS LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO GEORGIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY".

Both Abrams and Kemp condemned the robocall.

The charges originated with a private citizen's discovery of what he believed was a flaw in the system and sought to bring to the attention of authorities, and Georgia Democrats called the episode an abuse of Kemp's power.

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On Thursday, PFAW barnstormed the state with civil rights legend (and PFAW board member) Dolores Huerta and comedian Cristela Alonzo, rallying activists and making sure Latino voters know the power they have to choose Georgia's next governor.

- The candidates vying to serve as Georgia's next governor have just hours left to secure the votes they need to win.

"In Georgia, it is easy to vote and hard to cheat, and I am incredibly proud of this new record showing strong voter engagement leading up to tomorrow's election", Kemp said.

Kemp, who is the Republican candidate for governor on Tuesday's ballot, didn't provide evidence linking the Democratic Party to the hacking attempt.

One of the plaintiffs, Katharine Wilkinson, told CNN that she made a decision to join the suit because she believes that what Kemp is doing is illegal. Is it coincidental that the Democratic Party is accused of hacking the voting system (with no details provided on the alleged hacking crime) days before Election Day when all other voting suppression tactics have failed and when a record number of people have voted early? "We have our inalienable right because the one place that all people are equal is at the polls", she told voters.

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In 2015, Kemp's office inadvertently released the Social Security numbers and other identifying information of millions of Georgia voters.

"Does the Georgia Secretary of State have the forensics capability and expertise necessary to investigate their own potential breach?"

Abrams blasts Kemp as "an architect of voter suppression" for the way he's opted to enforce federal and state election laws. The AP also reported that through a process Kemp calls "voter roll maintenance", his office has "cancelled over 1.4 million voter registrations since 2012" and that "nearly 670,000 registrations were cancelled in 2017 alone". One would allow an attacker to inject malicious code into the voter registration site that could spy on visitors or steal or alter data.

In a blow to Kemp, a federal judge ruled Friday that Georgia must ease its "exact match" demands.

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