|In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, photo, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp speaks during a rally at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown, Ga. The official office of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Sunday, Nov. 4, it is investigating the state Democratic Party in connection with what it said was an attempted hack of the state’s online voter database that will be used at polling places in Tuesday’s election.|
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on campaign responses to an election-eve report of a vulnerability in Georgia's online voter system (all times local):
Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams is responding to a last-minute curveball in Georgia's elections.
An attorney for election-security advocates suing Secretary of State Brian Kemp notified the FBI and Kemp's office on Saturday that a private citizen alerted him to what could be a major flaw in the database used to check in voters at the polls. Independent computer scientists have since told The Associated Press that it enables anyone with access to an individual voter's personal information to alter that voter's record in the system.
Kemp is not only running Georgia's elections, he's also the Republican candidate for governor, and in response to reports of the flaw, he's accusing Democrats of trying to hack the system.
Abrams appeared on ABCNEWS Monday morning, and said she believes Kemp "cooked up the charge."
She says Kemp has once again "left the personal information of six million voters vulnerable. This has happened twice before."
Abrams says: "This is another failure of his leadership, and he recognizes that if he got caught two days before the election having exposed so many Georgians he would lose, so he did what he always does always, blame someone else for his mistakes."
Georgia's online voter database morphed into a last-minute curveball in one of the nation's hottest governor's races, with Republican nominee Brian Kemp making a hacking allegation against Democrats just as reports emerged of a gaping vulnerability in a system that Kemp controls as secretary of state.
Kemp's office did not detail any Democratic acts, offering no evidence for Sunday's unusual action that effectively means the state's chief elections officer began a probe of his partisan opposition days before an election.
Polls suggest Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams are locked in a tight race that even before Sunday had evolved into a bitter back-and-forth over voting rights and ballot security.
The state Democratic Party called Kemp's accusation "a reckless and unethical ploy" and said he was using the FBI to support "false accusations."
Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo, Colleen Long and Jill Colvin in Washington and Ben Nadler in Atlanta contributed to this report.