Oprah Winfrey Responds to 'Racist Robocalls' Targeting Stacey Abrams in Georgia

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Kemp was clearly afraid that his racist voter suppression tactics may not seal the deal for him, which is why his latest fear-mongering tactic was so laughable.

An Abrams win would be historic - she would become the first African American female governor in American history.

Citing a potential conflict of interest, Democrats, including former President Jimmy Carter, have unsuccessfully appealed for Kemp to step aside as secretary of state until after the election.

David Cross, however, an attorney who has been involved in cybersecurity-related litigation against the Georgia Secretary of State's office, said he was also alerted to the potential vulnerabilities by the same individual who contacted the Georgia Democratic Party.

Days before elections, Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is running a close-fought campaign for governor, says Democrats are under investigation for hacking the state's election system.

In a statement on Sunday, Kemp's office said they had officially requested the FBI to investigate the matter.

The Democratic Party of Georgia is pushing back against the allegations.

Kemp's charge on Sunday appeared to result from a report made to his office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday by a Georgia businessman with an expertise in software, according to David Cross, a lawyer representing several Georgia voters who have sued the state over its decision not to use paper ballots.

They say an email to them from a man not affiliated with the Democratic Party of Georgia is what prompted Kemp's request for an investigation.




"We expected the secretary of state would take that seriously and would take whatever remedial actions needed to be taken, and we were surprised to see that the response was to accuse the Democrats of hacking", Cross told reporters on Sunday.

So, rather than hack it, Democrats were anxious about protecting a voter data base that Kemp has previously failed to keep secure.

Efforts to reach PCC for comment have not been successful.

A report from the Inspector General of DHS released in July 2017, concluded that allegations were unsubstantiated.

The announcement amounts to "an appalling abuse of power", elections expert and associate professor of political science at University of Florida Michael P. McDonald said on Twitter Sunday. "All you need, to open an investigation, is information suggesting plans and an attempt to put together some kind of program or utilize specialize tools to find a vulnerability".

Independent computer scientists told The Associated Press that the flaw would enable anyone with access to an individual voter's personal information to log on to Georgia's MyVoter registration portal and alter or delete any voter's record, potentially causing havoc.

Abrams, a 44-year-old Yale Law graduate and former state legislative leader, has run as an unapologetic liberal as she looks to establish Georgia as a legitimate two-party battleground ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign.

On Saturday, a federal judge ruled that the state must relax voting restrictions that could prevent more than 3,000 people from casting ballots in Tuesday's poll.

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