In the last few days of the Georgian governor's close race between Democratic candidate Brian Kemp and Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, things are getting warmer.
Kemp, who is the secretary of the State of Georgia, and also the senior senior official overseeing the election, has been repeatedly accused by Democrats and civil rights groups of trying to influence the results. However, on Sunday, Kemp accused Democrats of attempting to postpone the registration system for state voters – a claim put forward by Democrats.
"While we can not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes," said Candice Broce, spokesman for Kemp's office, on Sunday. "We can also confirm that personal data has not been violated and our system remains safe."
According to reports from the WhoWhatWhy Investigation and Associated Press, a lawyer representing the electoral security teams received advice from a private citizen that it was possible to change voter information in Georgia's electronic voter registration system. The lawyer, David Stavros, then alerted the FBI and Kemp office on Saturday.
The AP explains what happened next:
The citizen also separately informed the Democratic Party of Georgia, whose election director then sent an e-mail to two Georgia Tech security experts, one of whom is a member of a committee created by Kemp.
"If this report is accurate, it's a huge vulnerability," wrote director Sara Tindall Ghazal.
When Kemp became aware of the issue, he freed the statement that accused Georgia's Democrats of trying to enter the system. Democrats argued that cyber security experts simply re-examined the sites and did not try to break the state registration system.
Election experts, such as law professor UC Irvine, Richard Hasen, criticized the allegations and accused Kemp of manipulating voters and engaging in "some things of banana democracy" in an article published on Sunday. Georgia's democrats named the explorer "an imprudent and immoral scandal," adding that the FBI is used to support "false accusations".
And during the Monday show on Good morning AmericaKemp's opponent, Stacey Abrams, who is running the first black woman governor in the US, claimed Kemp "made the end because he realized once again that he left the personal details of six million voters vulnerable," citing previous leaks data during Kemp's eight-year term. Later that day, Abrams added that Kemp "abused his power" by starting the catheter so close to the elections.
Kemp defended his actions. "I'm not worried about what it looks like. I do my job," he told reporters after a campaign campaign on Monday. "So we could handle any research when that comes."
But the allegations of piracy add to the current issues surrounding the vote in the forthcoming Georgian elections – issues that have largely revolved around Kemp's role of overseeing the elections he is also in competition with. With the elections coming Tuesday, these issues will probably pay more attention to the final election, especially if the Kemp is victorious.
Kemp was called before failure to address security issues in the Georgian elections
Kemp has long been blamed for Georgia's poor electoral security, and problems with the state system are getting new attention after his allegations.
Two years ago, Kemp rejected the Ministry of Homeland Security's offer of help with elections and cyber security before the 2016 elections, arguing that the move would have given the federal government excessive power over the state system. Shortly after the election, Kemp claimed that DHS made an "unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the Georgia Secretary of State's firewall." A subsequent audit of the Inspector General found that Kemp's DHS hacker was merely a government official who visited a state-owned site. Since then, Kemp has received some help from DHS.
As the New York Times notes, Kemp's office and related organizations have also been accused of misuse of voter data in two different cases. In 2015, the state accidentally shared a CD with social security numbers and personal information of 6 million voters with political groups and the media (Kemp accused the leak of a "written mistake"). In 2017, the FBI investigated a data breach in the Kennesaw CPS, which reported the data of about 7 million voters. the breach was not determined until six months after the first report. The university has been tasked with overseeing polling systems in the state for more than a decade. And when a lawsuit was conducted to further investigate the KSU breach, university technicians completely wiped out the systems clearly before they could be examined.
The federal courts have also recently criticized Georgia, one of the few countries based entirely on electronic voting without independent paper votes, because they have a system that election security experts say are more prone to electronic piracy.
In September, US regional judge Amy Totenberg decided that Georgia could not be forced to approve paper polls before the election, but said there was "a growing picture of evidence of the risks of inadequacy and security" in the state system.
And in October, NAACP filed a complaint saying that voting machines voted falsely for Abrams as votes for Kemp.
Kemp has been hit by a fire to stay in his place while he is being held in Georgian elections
In recent weeks, Kemp has been accused of certain measures taken by his office, including the election waiver that removes more than one million names from the state electoral rolls between 2012 and 2016. He has also faced numerous complaints and lawsuits claiming is suppressing minority voters, especially black voters, in an effort to keep Abrams to win the election.
Many voting and political groups, the Abrams campaign, and former President Jimmy Carter have all been asked by Kemp to resign as Georgia's top official, arguing that this is a serious conflict of interest.
On October 9, the Associated Press reported that 53,000 voter registrars, of whom 70% came from black candidates, were detained by Kemp's office because they failed to clear an "exact match" process that compares registration information with social records insurance and state guides.
And on Friday, a federal court ruled that more than 3,000 voters who were wrongly identified as "non-citizens" from the exact match process should be able to vote in the upcoming elections because the state did not update its citizenship status after the age their. Regional court judge Eleanor Ross claimed that there was "a very significant risk of being released" if the voters did not have the right to vote in the elections.
On the same day, a federal court of appeal ruled that Georgia should follow a decision of 24 October on pending votes. This decision found that the state could no longer automatically launch pending votes due to "sign mismatches" where the signing of a voter on a ballot paper does not match the signature on the voter registration card.
There were also other issues, particularly with regard to the high number of voters cleared by voters in the state. According to the Brennan Center, Kemp's office clears about 1.5 million registered voters between the 2012 elections and 2016. The AP reports that 670,000 voters disappeared last year. A recent US public media report finds that about 107,000 of these voters have been liquidated because of a controversial law "use it or lose it," which removes the voters from the rolls if they do not vote for some time.
Kemp has argued that most of his critique of office is misplaced and that Abrams and other Democrats are trying to hurt his campaign by "disregarding rage for political gain"Kemp added, in a recent press release," Although there was no claim to the contrary, it was never easier to register in Bulgaria and to participate actively in the electoral process. "
But Kemp's statements put him in doubt. Last month, Rolling Stone reported that Kemp complained that he had complained about Abrams' voting, calling him as a cause of concern.
Due to the close nature of Georgia's contest (polls have repeatedly shown Kemp and Abrams in a dead heat in recent weeks), it is likely that the fight will be held on December 4th, which is necessary if no candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the votes.
Kemp has not commented on whether he will remain in place during a retirement, but said earlier during a conversation with Abrams that he would not grab himself if repeatedly needed.