Georgia Voters Seek Restraining Order Against Kemp

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The Georgia governor race is a face-off between Democrat Stacey Abrams, former state House Minority Leader, and Republican Brian Kemp, Georgia's Secretary of State.

Ballot access and election integrity flared up in the final weekend after a private citizen alerted the Georgia Democratic Party and a private attorney of vulnerability in the online voter database Kemp that oversees in his current job as secretary of state.

Since the beginning of the election season, voter suppression has been prevalent in the state of Georgia.

Democrats denied Kemp's claim and ripped the investigation as a "political stunt" from a "desperate" candidate. He is also the Secretary of State of Georgia, charged with fairly administering the state's elections. Over the weekend, voting security experts informed Kemp that the voting system is susceptible to hacking, and Kemp quickly called on the FBI to investigate Democrats for "cybercrimes" trying to hack his state's elections. Black voters comprise about 30 percent of the electorate and whites 60 percent - figures similar to recent elections.

The DHS inspector general in June 2017 said Kemp's complaint was without merit.

The FBI declined to comment.

Sunday's accusation of election hacking came with precious few details, but a spokesperson for Kemp's office did tell the Times that the investigation was sparked by an email "talking about trying to hack the Secretary of State's system".

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Kemp's latest allegations were met with scepticism from cybersecurity experts, who noted that identifying who is behind a particular hack was time-consuming and extremely hard.

First and foremost, the results in Georgia will be a fast and clear grade of the Trump presidency - period.

Former President Obama recently joined Abrams on the campaign trail, suggesting that Kemp has "already been caught" guilty of voter suppression. And in the lead-up to Election Day, Kemp's office leveled a vague accusation of "potential cyber crimes" at Georgia Democrats.

In an election year marked by racial hostility, some voters said they saw it at the polls too.

If the voice and the overtly racist tone on the robo-call sound familiar, it's because it's from the same studio that stuffed a "We Negroes" robo-call down the throats of Florida voters, who are deciding whether they want Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to be the state's first black governor.

She's accused Kemp of using his post as secretary of state to make it harder for certain voters to cast ballots. That total is almost twice the number purged between 2008 and 2012, the group said in a report.

Her husband Lance Whatley, a 29-year-old software engineer, was leaning toward voting for Kemp as he waited. One would allow an attacker to inject malicious code into the voter registration site that could spy on visitors or steal or alter data. Through the last day of early voting, which ended on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, Georgians cast 2,071,830 ballots with 1,886,905 in-person and 184,925 by mail.

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