GBI launches investigation into allegation of attempted election hack

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Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
News 12 @ 6 O’clock / NBC 26 at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's a heavy weight to carry, delivering a voice to the voiceless.

An Augusta crew has less than 24 hours to set up for thousands to speak up. While they prepare for tomorrow, the race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp is heating up.

Republican Candidate for Governor Brian Kemp announced Sunday on the Georgia Secretary of State site and on his Facebook Campaign Page that he requested an FBI investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia's "failed efforts to breach the online voter registration system and My Voter Page."

"I'm not worried about how it looks. I'm doing my job. This is how we would handle any investigation when something like this comes up," said Brian Kemp, Secretary of State and Republican candidate for Governor.

The GBI tells us in a statement they were requested to investigate allegations of computer crimes related to the secretary of state's website(s).

The FBI said they have no comment about opening an investigation.

The Democratic Party of Georgia is pushing back against the allegations.

The Democratic Party of Georgia posted an email exchange to their website.

They say an email to them from a man not affiliated with the Democratic Party of Georgia is what prompted Kemp's request for an investigation.

In it, a man named Richard Wright tells a Democratic Party of Georgia volunteer that he found two "issues" with the Georgia MyVoter page and the voter registration page.

They say the volunteer then forwarded that email to the Georgia Democratic Party Voter Protection Director.

Democratic Candidate Stacey Abrams responded to the allegations on CBS this Morning saying "Brian Kemp was informed of this flaw in his system on Friday. He failed to act and instead on Sunday without any evidence tried to cast dispersion on Democrats. We have nothing to do with this."

With time winding down, voters will most likely, step into the booth with no resolution to the swirling accusations.