( CNN) Georgia’s shotgun-toting, Trump-style Republican candidate for head Brian Kemp has sought to assure voters that his state’s election system is secure and that any charges to the contrary are “fake news.”
The allegations in the lawsuit come as the subject of poll security has come into focus nationally, particularly as the November’s midterm elections approaching. The suit describes how a private researcher discovered the records of more than 6 million cross-file Georgia voters, password documents and encryption keys could be accessed online by anyone ogling. Dates after the lawsuit was filed, technicians obliterated the hard drives of the server in question.
Marilyn Marks, executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, a plaintiff in the clothing, indicates Kemp’s office long forgot basic protection such standards and says it remains unclear if the state’s electoral system was infected with malware or breached by foreign hackers, which she says could have consequences for the midterm polls. She said because the data was destroyed, an independent inspect cannot be conducted.