Georgian Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced on Sunday a "Democratic Party of Georgia" investigation into "a failed attempt to hijack the voter registration system" – two days before a vote against Democrat Stacey Abrams to become governor ,
The announcement, which contained no details of alleged "cyber crimes" suggesting Democratic involvement, was condemned as a political trick by Democrats and some commentators. They believe that Kemp should not supervise a contest in which he competes.
"Brian Kemp's whimsical allegations are 100 percent wrong, and this so-called investigation was unknown to the Democratic Party of Georgia until a deployment offensive at Kemp's office this morning issued a statement," said Rebecca DeHart, Executive Director of the State Democratic Party. wrote to a reporter in a statement. "This is another example of abuse of power by an unethical Secretary of State."
Kemp's office did not say when the alleged voter registration attempt took place, or revealed details about the nature of the attack. The registration deadline for the elections on Tuesday passed early last month. The investigation was launched on Saturday night after Kemp's office and released on early Sunday.
In the morning, the headline was "AFTER FAILED HACKING ATTEMPT, SOS LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION IN GEORGIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY" on the State Secretary's website – right next to an election guide to polling stations.
"While we can not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that it is investigating the Democratic Party of Georgia for possible cybercrimes," Kemp's press secretary Candice Broce has quoted in the statement. "We can also confirm that no personal information has been violated and our system remains secure."
The bureau said it had contacted the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security for the hacking attempt. The FBI was not immediately available for information. A DHS spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement, "The state of Georgia has informed us about this issue. We are shifting the state for more details. "
Abrams, who almost gets on Kemp's back, told CNN Sunday that she did not know her opponent's investigation of her party.
"He is desperate to turn the conversation away from his failures, from his refusal to honor his obligations, and from the fact that he is part of a nationwide voter suppression system," she said.
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