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Friday, October 27, 2017

A computer server that was used to store key elections data in the state of Georgia was completely wiped earlier this year after voting rights advocates filed a suit against Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

The Associated Press reports that the server's data was destroyed this past July by unnamed technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which is responsible for running Georgia's entire elections system. What's more, two backup servers were also wiped completely clean in August, which was right around the time when a lawsuit against Kemp moved to federal court.

The lawsuit, which the AP says was filed shortly before the data server was wiped, was filed to end the state's current voting infrastructure, which the plaintiffs claim is far too vulnerable to fraud and tampering. Among other things, the lawsuit notes that the state's 27,000 AccuVote touchscreen voting machines do not offer paper receipts and are vulnerable to hacking.

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"The server data could have revealed whether Georgia's most recent elections were compromised by malicious hackers," the AP notes. "The plaintiffs contend that the results of both last November's election and a special June 20 congressional runoff -- won by Kemp's predecessor, Karen Handel -- cannot be trusted."

Kemp's office claims that it had nothing to do with the center's decision to wipe the server, despite the fact that center answers directly to Kemp. However, at this point it is not clear who ordered both the primary server and the backup servers wiped clean of data.

But Richard DeMillo, a Georgia Tech computer scientist, tells the AP that this should raise suspicions of some kind of foul play going on behind the scenes.

"People who have nothing to hide don't behave this way," he said.

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Republicans cheat and then destroy the evidence. Tell me something I don't already know.
If you still support them that is on you, personally, I actually still have a conscience.
Sad days in America when one major party bases their successes on election theft and millions of voters know it but don't care because winning is more important than democracy.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-27 10:47 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Your vote really does count. Believe me.

#2 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-10-27 02:42 PM | Reply

"He who casts the vote decides nothing.
He who counts the votes decides everything."
--George Washington

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-27 02:45 PM | Reply

politicians cheat and then destroy the evidence

Fixed Danni

#4 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2017-10-27 02:45 PM | Reply

They are all scum, Dems and GOP alike.

#CleanSlate2018

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-27 02:58 PM | Reply

I wonder if they called Hillary for advice on how to make incriminating evidence disappear

#6 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2017-10-27 04:01 PM | Reply

#6 So there was incriminating evidence on the server.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-27 04:18 PM | Reply

#CleanSlate2018
#5 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I thought we tried that with #DraintheSwamp2016.

Doesn't seem to be a successful method, so far.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-10-27 04:25 PM | Reply

I wonder if they called Hillary for advice on how to make incriminating evidence disappear
#6 | POSTED BY WTFIGO

Well, they tried her tactic of wiping the server with a cloth, but that clearly didn't work, so....

#9 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-10-27 04:27 PM | Reply

"I wonder if they called Hillary for advice on how to make incriminating evidence disappear"

So Republicans wipe the server that counted the votes and you immediately try to divert to an attack on Hillary and don't even care what evidence it was that they destroyed nor why? You do realize you are unbalanced psychologically? Take your meds.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-29 04:23 PM | Reply

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"They are all scum, Dems and GOP alike."

When you can't defend the Republicans then go to the old "both sides are the same" talking point. Absolute garbage.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-29 04:24 PM | Reply

"I wonder if they called Hillary for advice on how to make incriminating evidence disappear"

Whataboutism is always fascinating. It begs the question: So was Hillary right, or are these Republicans wrong?

Whatabouters always seem to want it both ways.

#12 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-10-29 04:28 PM | Reply

Hillary was wrong , and this is wrong and should be pursued.

Unlike Danni I felt that way for both.

#13 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2017-10-29 04:51 PM | Reply

Ya'll should spend a few minutes looking into crap like this before jumping off the cliff. Nothing in the linked article suggests this server counted votes or that the lawsuit has anything to do with cheating in any election.

The server primarily stored registration data. Because of lax security the data was vulnerable. The server was investigated and imaged by the FBI as part of their Russia hacking investigation. The FBI closed its case regarding this server and retains the image. The lawsuit raises serious security issues but nothing suggests any election was compromised.

arstechnica.com

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#14 | Posted by et_al at 2017-10-29 05:14 PM | Reply

"Within the mother lode Lamb found on the center's website was a database containing registration records for the state's 6.7 million voters; multiple PDFs with instructions and passwords for election workers to sign in to a central server on Election Day; and software files for the state's ExpressPoll pollbooks -- electronic devices used by poll workers to verify that a voter is registered before allowing them to cast a ballot."

Exactly the type of information that could disenfranchise legitimate voters.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-29 05:50 PM | Reply

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