Kemp turns election system worries into a political weapon

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Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for the governor of Georgia, has accused her Republican opponent and current Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp of abusing his power by leveling "cooked up" hacking allegations.

Democrats immediately cried foul, noting Kemp has offered no evidence for his claims and pointing out the massive conflict of interest in Kemp launching an investigation into the people he is running against in his own election campaign. The last-minute probe is widely seen as an attempt to derail the Abrams campaign by twisting a concerned voter's complaint about alleged voting security issues, that was sent to the Democrats before they then sent it to voter protection.

"I heard people were making racist robocalls in my name against Stacey Abrams, who I am one hundred percent for, in Georgia", Winfrey said in an Instagram post.

Oprah Winfrey and Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams greet the audience during a town hall style event at the Cobb Civic Center on November 1, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia.

Abrams called Kemp's allegations of hacking "a desperate ploy" and a distraction from those scandals. 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". He walked by reporters and said: "Take Two".

"He is attempting to get the headlines off of his attempts at voter suppression and force attention elsewhere", she said. Republicans have won every Georgia governor's race since 2002.

Suppressing the vote of the dead is probably a good idea if you want a free and fair election.

"While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes", said Candice Broce, the office's press secretary.

When President Donald Trump pulled off the 2016 election shocker, he credited the huge crowds at his rallies - which he now also trumpets before Tuesday's midterm elections, calling them the largest in midterms history.

That didn't stop Kemp's office from posting a notice on Georgia's Secretary of State website, which voters visit to check their registration status or find their polling place.

"We opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia after receiving information from our legal team about failed efforts to breach the online voter registration system and My Voter Page", Kemp's office said.

The contest between Kemp, who now sits as Georgia's secretary of state, and Abrams, who is vying to become the country's first black female governor, had already become a flashpoint for allegations of voter suppression.

It's just the latest in a series of partisan moves by Kemp, who has held up more than 50,000 voter registrations for inconsistencies as small as a missing hyphen, fought rules to give voters a chance to prove their identities when their absentee ballot applications are rejected for a lack of a signature match, and been aggressive in prosecuting those who have done nothing more than try to help those in need of assistance in casting ballots.



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