Two days before Election Day, the office for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is in a closely contested race for governor, announced Sunday that it was opening an investigation into the state Democratic Party for a “failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system,” a move Democrats slammed as a political stunt.
“After a failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system, the Secretary of State’s office opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia on the evening of Saturday, November 3, 2018,” Kemp’s office said in a statement. “Federal partners, including the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation, were immediately alerted.”
Further details about the nature of the purported hack attempt or its connection to the Democratic Party were not provided.
Georgia Secretary of State spokeswoman Candice Broce declined to comment on the inquiry but confirmed that the state Democratic Party was under investigation for “possible cybercrimes.”
Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the Georgia Democratic Party, said Kemp’s “so-called investigation” was “yet another abuse of power by an unethical Secretary of State.”
“To be very clear, Brian Kemp’s scurrilous claims are 100 percent false,” DeHart said in a statement. “This political stunt form Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he cannot be trusted.”
Kemp is in a close race against Stacey Abrams, former minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives. The RealClearPolitics average of polls in the race shows Kemp ahead by about one percentage point, well within the margin of error.