On Saturday evening, Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State and current gubernatorial Republican candidate running against Democrat Stacey Abrams, announced an investigation into what he alleged to be an attempt to hack the state’s voter data.
Coming two days before midterm elections, Kemp’s office opened the investigation into the attempted hacking, notifying the Department of Homeland Security and FBI to what they reported to be possible “cyber crimes” coming from the Democratic Party of Georgia.
“I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes,” Kemp’s press secretary said, adding, “We can also confirm that no personal data was breached and our system remains secure.”
Brian Kemp’s office says Democrats under investigation after Georgia voter registration attacked by hack https://t.co/Uv5ICpGTbd
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 4, 2018
Georgia Secretary of State has opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia about failed efforts to breach the online voter registration system & https://t.co/8gOalJQa69
— RealPrissy’sView™️ (@PrissysTruth) November 4, 2018
Kemp’s opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, responded to the allegations, which she called “desperate,” and said the move was an attempt by her Republican rival to “distract” voters from other issues.
With Tuesday’s election just days away, the race for Georgia’s next governor has become the state’s most-funded gubernatorial campaign ever, and recent polling continues to show the two candidates are closely tied.