Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

‘Dirty Tricks’: Voters Won’t Be Denied As Brian Kemp Rigs Voting Machines

‘Dirty Tricks’: Voters Won’t Be Denied As Brian Kemp Rigs Voting Machines

Both Abrams and her Republican opponent Briant Kemp have condemned the automated telephone call filled with racist and anti-Semitic statements just days before the historic vote for Georgia's next governor.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp's announcement Sunday that his office is investigating the state Democratic Party for hacking a voter registration database is a "shiny object" created to undermine confidence in Tuesday's gubernatorial election - in which Kemp is the Republican nominee - and distract from actual cyberthreats, Adam Levin, the founder of security firm CyberScout, told StateScoop. To all the folks from Georgia: Did you catch Rihanna's 2018 Midterm Election tweets?

Since the beginning of the election season, voter suppression has been prevalent in the state of Georgia. "And the president needs some help at the state level from time to time, so I want to encourage you all to get out and vote on Tuesday", Kemp told the raucous crowd.

The "exact match" system simply says that new registrations must match the name of the applicant exactly. Unlike almost every Democrat before her in Georgia, Abrams has run an unapologetically progressive campaign after many, many, many half-in, half-out Democrats have tried mightily to appeal to Georgia's large Republican population, only to lose anyway.

Cross said the businessman, Richard Wright, had approached him with the information, which Cross turned over to Kemp's office on Saturday morning.

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He's banking on running up wide margins outside metro Atlanta and holding most of the GOP votes closer to the city. Kemp, Georgia's Secretary of State, has been challenged for his decision to freeze some 50,000 voter applications.

Efforts to reach PCC for comment have not been successful.

According to Reuters, Kemp's office did not respond to questions on Sunday about Cross's statements. When pressed about the optics of using his office to investigate his opposition days before an election, Kemp said he "wasn't anxious about how it looks", adding "this is how we would handle any investigation".

On Sunday, Kemp announced he was investigating Georgia's Democratic Party for an attempted hack of the voter registration system.

"We are working with our private sector vendors and investigators to review data logs", said Candice Broce, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office. "In an act of desperation, the Democrats tried to expose vulnerabilities in Georgia's voter registration system". The system, he said, "clearly has never been audited by any computer security professional". A survey previous year by the security firm Carbon Black reported that one in four people said they would skip future elections based on worries their votes could be compromised. Democratic Party officials quickly denied the charge.

On Thursday, PFAW barnstormed the state with civil rights legend (and PFAW board member) Dolores Huerta and comedian Cristela Alonzo, rallying activists and making sure Latino voters know the power they have to choose Georgia's next governor. Stephanopoulos noted that Kemp had declined to appear on the broadcast. "He is abusing his power". Alex Stamos, Facebook's former security chief, asked on Twitter. But, after (rightfully) calling the candidate an "inspiration to women" everywhere, the post's caption went on to offer readers a quick breakdown of Abrams' political platform and the issues it prioritizes.

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