Brian Kemp Is Getting Desperate

Georgia Dems accused of ‘hacking voting system’ blame Rep rival for ‘power abuse

Last week, NPQ reported that voter suppression is re-emerging in 2018, especially in the state of Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams faces off against Brian Kemp for the governor's seat in one of the most watched and iconic races of 2018.

Kemp leveled the allegation after an attorney for election-security advocates notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Kemp's office on Saturday that a private citizen alerted him to what appeared to be a major flaw in the database used to check in voters at the polls.

But Levin said an accusation of tampering with a voter registration system as unverified as Kemp's does a disservice to legitimate efforts to bolster election cybersecurity, which has been a top concern for many states' election officials since 2016, when agents of the Russian government attempted to penetrate the voter files in at least 21 states.

Whatley, 33, said she didn't appreciate how Kemp has adopted Trump's rhetoric on immigration.

The Democratic Party of Georgia said it was blindsided Sunday when Kemp's office announced it had "opened an investigation" into the party on Saturday evening after what it described - without evidence - as "a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system". The "scurrilous claims are 100 percent false", Georgia Democrats said, accusing Kemp of showing "another example of abuse of power".

Georgians on both sides have told me that they see this race as a choice between the past and the future.

She has accused Kemp of using his post as secretary of state to make it harder for certain voters to cast ballots.

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

Kemp wrote, "The Black Panther Party is backing my opponent". Since there's no way this matter will be settled or even explored before votes are cast on Tuesday, it's an easy partisan attack that could help energize conservative voters.

Her husband Lance Whatley, a 29-year-old software engineer, was leaning toward voting for Kemp as he waited. She and Abrams are both black women from MS, and the media titan spoke of the sacrifices their ancestors had to make to obtain the right to vote.

Oprah, while leaning against exercise equipment in her Instagram video, said "we know what to do about that - vote tomorrow".

By Monday morning, Abrams took to the airwaves to push back.

Showdowns in Georgia and Florida pitting black Democratic candidates against white Republicans supported by President Donald Trump headline the three dozen governors' races being contested in Tuesday's US elections. But when he was told on Friday that he had once again failed in his job, instead of fixing the problem he blamed the Democratic Party of Georgia. "You need to vote for us because we're better". Robert DeMillo, one of the most respected elections systems experts, has stated "that unauditable systems such as Georgia's pose a very real threat to voting security".

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