Georgia Secretary of State launches investigation after alleged failed hacking attempt

Minnie Murray
November 4, 2018

Georgia's secretary of state's office said Sunday morning that it had opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia after a failed alleged attempt to hack the state's voter registration system.

Oprah, 64, gave a rousing speech to Democrat supporters ahead of next Tuesday's vote in which she called Ms Abrams a "changemaker".

Winfrey called Abrams a "change-maker" who represents the values of all Georgians.

Abrams, a former minority leader in the state house, who would be the first non-white, non-male governor of Georgia and the first female African American governor in U.S. history.

Two days before election day, Kemp is locked in a fiercely-contested race with Democratic candidate, Stacey Abrams.

Pence also noted that Abrams' campaign is "bankrolled by Hollywood liberals".

The Georgia gubernatorial race had already been fraught with a race-laden debate over ballot access and voter suppression. "I'm not here because I'm making some grandstand because I'm thinking of running myself".

She was in the state on Thursday campaigning for Abrams, cheering "everybody gets a vote!"

"I'd like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I'm kind of a big deal, too", said Pence, who is not from Georgia.

"I'm encouraged to see so many young voters showing up at the polls, and I'm also encouraged to see that we have a growing pool of independent voters who I think will break for democrats during this election", she said.

"I'm not trying to test any waters", she joked. "This is the South. People have been really wonderful and really optimistic about Stacey Abrams".

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have travelled to the state to campaign for Kemp, while former President Barack Obama, along with celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Will Ferrell, are among those who have campaigned for Abrams. President Trump will appear with Kemp on Sunday.

Oprah surprised some Georgia residents after she went door knocking, saying it was her very first time canvassing for any political candidate and that she's optimistic about Abrams.

The robocall says it was paid for by The Road to Power, a group organized by Scott Rhodes of Idaho.

Investigative journalism website WhoWhatWhy reported Sunday that they had received an email and document, sent from the Democratic Party of Georgia to election security experts, that highlights "massive" vulnerabilities within the state's online voter registration system.

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