Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee in the state’s gubernatorial election, opened an investigation of the Democratic Party of Georgia on Sunday for allegedly trying to break into the state’s online voter registration system, according to this report from Wired. Mr. Kemp’s office offered no evidence for its accusation, which the Democratic Party of Georgia has categorically denied.
The security of election administration systems is getting intensifying scrutiny heading into the midterm elections. And tech companies are sensing an opportunity to inject themselves into the conversation. As we reported today, Amazon is making a push for election-related business from state and local governments, while Microsoft and Google are offering free security tools for securing websites from common forms of cyber attacks.
It should be noted that Mr. Kemp has previously raised the alarm over election hacking. In December 2016, he reportedly accused the Department of Homeland Security of trying to hack Georgie’s online voter registration database, a claim that was later debunked by the DHS inspector general.