Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday he won’t launch an independent investigation of Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office. Georgia’s League of Women Voters called for an investigation this week over a massive data leak in October.
The leak occurred when the Secretary of State’s office accidentally sent out voters’ driver’s license and Social Security numbers on a CD-ROM to 12 media outlets and political parties. Kemp says all of the CDs were retrieved or destroyed.
Gov. Deal said he’s staying out of it.
“He is a constitutional officer,” Deal said. “I respect the separation of powers that our state constitution grants to other duly-elected statewide constitutional officers, just as myself. It’s in his jurisdiction, and I think he is responding, and we’re going to see what else he has to say. So, for me to intervene on that, I think would be totally inappropriate on a number of levels.”
Kemp has said he’ll hire auditor firm Ernst & Young to investigate. The League of Women Voters has said that’s not enough to ensure potential voters that their information will be protected.