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Ga. Congressional Candidate Inquires About Elections Probe

A possible data breach in Georgia's voting system is being investigated as a special Congressional election draws near.
A possible data breach in Georgia's voting system is being investigated as a special Congressional election draws near.
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Early voting in the 6th District Congressional race starts in less than three weeks, on March 27. A federal investigation continues into a possible data breach at the facility that manages Georgia’s voting system, and one of the candidates in that race is seeking information about the probe.

The Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University announced Friday it had filed an inquiry with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about records that may have been compromised.

On Monday, Democrat Jon Ossoff made public a letter he sent to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, asking for information about the possible breach. Ossoff also posted the letter on his Twitter feed.

Ossoff is one of 18 candidates running to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price, now the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. The special election is scheduled for April 18, and a runoff would take place on June 20 if no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote.

In the letter (right), Ossoff specified five pieces of information he’s interested in learning about the investigation, including “a preliminary assessment of implications, if any, for the April 18 Special Election and early voting.”

The KSU elections systems center has created ballots and helped maintain the state’s electronic voting machines since 2002.

Since the initial announcement of the investigation on Friday, all of the parties involved, including KSU, Kemp’s office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI have declined to comment.

The 6th District includes East Cobb, North Fulton and North DeKalb.

Editor Wendy Parker contributed to this report.

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