Brian Kemp — Georgia’s Secretary of State and a 2018 gubernatorial hopeful — provides no shortage of indefensible acts as leader of this state’s election infrastructure. Multiple data breaches, insecure voting machines, wiped servers and lawsuits have defined his tenure as Secretary of State.
Currently, Kemp’s office is being sued by a coalition of voters challenging the integrity of elections. Samantha Bee dove into the issue on a recent episode of Full Frontal, highlighting the security questions that surround the voting machines, now more than a decade old.
Only days after the lawsuit was filed, a key server was wiped, although Kemp is claiming he did not ask for the server to be erased. As Slate notes, there’s only two possibilities for how this happened:
Two things could have happened here. Either it was an incredible act of incompetence on the part of Georgia’s election officials, or it was an attempted cover-up to try to hide from the public a major election security lapse.
Kemp wants to place the blame on KSU’s Center for Election Systems, which houses the state’s election equipment. But as the secretary of state, it is up to Brian Kemp to ensure the integrity of elections systems. And, unfortunately for voters across the state, Kemp’s track record is chock full of “mishaps.”
It was just two years ago that Kemp’s office “accidentally” released the name, social security number, and other personally identifying information of every single Georgia voter, 6.1 million records in total.
When a cyber-security expert alerted election officials that vulnerabilities in our election system made it easy to access key election day passcodes, instructions and voter data, Kemp’s office did absolutely nothing for six months. That’s six months where not a single election officials tried to patch the vulnerability.
Strangely, however, Kemp has staunchly refused election security assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, touting how safe Georgia’s election infrastructure is, in spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Earlier this year, he agreed to hand over sensitive voter information to the Trump administration’s bogus “election integrity” commission. When the Department of Homeland Security offers to provide assistance securing elections, Kemp turns them away criticizing the federal government for interfering. But when the Trump administration wants access to voter’s information, Kemp is happy to oblige.
Kemp’s tenure as secretary of state has been marred by a pattern of incompetence and scandal. Through his recklessness and partisan politics, he has undermined the sanctity of one of our most sacred rights — voting.
To make matters worse, Kemp continues to blame others for the failure of his leadership, refusing to acknowledge his so-called “mistakes.”
And now he wants to be your next governor.
Better Georgia has been on the front lines of exposing and pushing back against all of Kemp’s scandals, and will continue to do so because Georgians, indeed, deserve better.