Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to make contact with a woman named Rachel Small, who allegedly spoke with Sarah Ghazal, the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Voter Protection Director, about trying to “hack” the state’s voting system.
According to the office of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, an investigation has been opened that will look into Georgia’s Democratic Party after a failed hacking attempt on the state’s voter registration system.
However, the Kemp team did not provide any evidence of wrongdoing when making their claim.
The Georgia Democratic party vehemently denied the accusations of hacking, saying that Kemp’s claims are “a reckless and unethical ploy” and tweeting that “Team Kemp is losing their minds”:
“BREAKING: Team Kemp is losing their minds. Rachel Small is a volunteer for the Democratic Party of Georgia on our voter protection hotline. She received an email from a man named Richard Wright. She forwarded Richard’s email to our voter protection director. Sorry, @BrianKempGA.”
Kemp did not provide any evidence of any wrongdoing. In a highly unusual situation, Kemp is in the position of overseeing the election that will decide his state’s highest office, and has faced criticism over how it has been handled.
“He is trying to rile up his base by misleading voters yet again,” Abrams told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The Democrats did nothing wrong.”
“After learning of a failed attempt to hack the state’s online voter registration and My Voter Page, my office contacted the Department of Homeland Security and opened an investigation,” Kemp said in a brief posting on his campaign’s Facebook page.
The accusation emerged on Sunday amid reports that Georgia’s election system, which Kemp oversees as secretary of state, is open to glaring vulnerabilities. It also came shortly after a federal judge ruled that Georgia must relax voting restrictions that could prevent more than 3,000 people from casting ballots in Tuesday’s poll.
Kemp is currently in the middle of a heated Gubernatorial race against Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams. Abrams and Kemp’s race for to become Governor in Georgia is seen as one of the most tightly contested in the nation.