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{STREETZMORNINGTAKEOVER} Georgia’s Kemp accuses Democrats of hacking voter registy



Georgia’s secretary of state and Republican gubernatorial nominee said Sunday his office is investigating the state’s Democratic Party over what it called a failed hacking attempt of the voter-registration system, a charge his Democratic opponent called a distraction in a high-profile election that has been dominated by issues of race and voting rights.

In a short statement on its website, the office of Republican Brian Kemp said little about its investigation and offered no evidence, saying only that the probe began Saturday night after a “failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system.” The office said no personal data was breached. “Our system remains secure,” the statement said.

The Democratic Party of Georgia denied it attempted to improperly access voter information. “As Kemp aims to deflect blame for his failures, the questions everyone must be asking is: Why was the system vulnerable in the first place?” the party said in a statement.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kemp’s Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, who is seeking to become the nation’s first black, female governor in what is considered a close race, said Kemp “is desperate to turn the conversation away from his failures, from his refusal to honor his commitments and from the fact that he is part of a nationwide system of voter suppression that will not work in this election.” In a statement, Kemp’s campaign said the Georgia Democratic Party “will stop at nothing to regain relevance and power in our state.”

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