Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

GBI launches investigation into allegation of attempted election hack

GBI launches investigation into allegation of attempted election hack

The ad highlights how Kemp wants to double the state's school voucher program to $200 million per year, a massive diversion of funds that would be better used providing under-resourced schools with funding and provide wrap-around services for students to make sure they succeed.

"Over the last few weeks we've seen increasing desperation from many dark corners trying to steal the election, cheat, lie, and prey on people's fears rather than having the respect to listen to voters and speak to their hopes", Collazo said. If neither Kemp nor Abrams wins a majority - a distinct possibility with a Libertarian candidate on the ballot - there could be another month of campaigning.

In a statement, the Abrams campaign called the robo-calls a desperate and "vile" attempt to sway voters using "poisonous thinking". "The Democrats did nothing wrong".

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 Rebecca DeHart.

The survey -published by the Trafalgar Group- has GOP candidate Brian Kemp garnering 54% of the vote compared with Stacey Abrams 40%. And on Saturday, a federal judge ruled that Georgia must relax voting restrictions that could prevent more than 3,000 people from casting ballots in Tuesday's poll. Over the weekend, voting security experts informed Kemp that the voting system is susceptible to hacking, and Kemp quickly called on the FBI to investigate Democrats for "cybercrimes" trying to hack his state's elections.

The same poll also shows 52% of Georgia voters approve of President Trump's job performance with 43% disapproving of the Commander-in-Chief. She's opened the door to confiscating guns as a part of an assault weapons ban and welcomed Oprah and Barack Obama to campaign for her just four years after chronically timid Democrats like Jason Carter failed to appear with then-President Obama during a pre-election trip to Atlanta. And as NPR's Scott Detrow reported last week, Democrats who are considering presidential runs in 2020 have also been visiting the state.

"We are working with our private sector vendors and investigators to review data logs", said Candice Broce, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office.

"There is no such thing as a completely secure system in a world where breaches occur and cyberwar has replaced the Cold War", he said.

Edgardo Cortés, Virginia's former elections commissioner who is now an election security adviser for the Brennan Center for Justice, told the AJC that Sunday's announcement was "bizarre" and said the timing of it is "problematic". "You suddenly open an investigation without giving any sort of details about what happened? I don't think the people of Georgia like that". Discrepancies could be as minor as a middle name on a voter record and middle initial in a state database.

Abrams, meanwhile, continued as she has throughout her campaign noting the potential historical significance but arguing the contest should be about more. They've freaked out about voter fraud to invalidate the results of elections before, and now maybe they'll agree to acknowledge the conclusions of several US intelligence agencies and decide that hacking is a problem if and when the election doesn't go conservatives' way.

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