UPDATE | More details released in Secretary of State's investigation into Georgia Democratic Party

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- 2:35 p.m.
The Georgia Secretary of State's office has released an update into alleged cyber attacks into the state's voter registration system. Officials say they have requested a FBI investigation. Here's that update, in full:

"We opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia after receiving information from our legal team about failed efforts to breach the online voter registration system and My Voter Page. We are working with our private sector vendors and investigators to review data logs. We have contacted our federal partners and formally requested the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate these possible cyber crimes. The Secretary of State's office will release more information as it becomes available."

The Democratic Party of Georgia has also provided their own update. Here's their release:

"Brian Kemp has a long and well documented history of failing to protect the security of Georgia's elections system. In 2016, Kemp was one of the only secretaries of state in the country to refuse help from the Department of Homeland Security to improve election security, leaving Georgians vulnerable to foreign cyber attacks. On two occasions, Kemp's office leaked personal information including the social security numbers of six million Georgians, forcing Georgia taxpayers to foot the bill for credit monitoring because Brian Kemp's office made Georgians vulnerable to identity theft.

Georgians of all political stripes are very concerned about election security and the security of Georgians' personal information. The Democratic Party of Georgia shares that concern, but we did not create, discover, or attempt to take advantage of the deeply vulnerable system used by the Secretary of State's office.

As Kemp aims to deflect blame for his failures, the questions everyone must be asking is: Why was the system vulnerable in the first place? Why has Brian Kemp still not taken basic steps to secure Georgians' personal information?

In the meantime, Brian Kemp's office is refusing to provide daily absentee ballot and provisional ballot data, information which -- unlike Georgians' Social Security numbers -- is something the Secretary of State's office must actually make available to the public.

Our message to Georgia voters remains the same: the best way to beat voter suppression is to vote."

Count on News 12 to keep following this story for you.

10:45 a.m.
The Secretary of State's office has launched an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia on November 3. The Secretary of State's office explains why in the following release:

After a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system, the Secretary of State's office opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia on the evening of Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Federal partners, including the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation, were immediately alerted.

"While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes," said Candice Broce, Press Secretary. "We can also confirm that no personal data was breached and our system remains secure."

The Democratic Party of Georgia later responded to the allegations and investigation in their own release

Today, Democratic Party of Georgia Executive Director Rebecca DeHart issued the following statement:

"This is yet another example of abuse of power by an unethical Secretary of State," said DeHart. "To be very clear, Brian Kemp's scurrilous claims are 100 percent false, and this so-called investigation was unknown to the Democratic Party of Georgia until a campaign operative in Kemp's official office released a statement this morning. This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he cannot be trusted and should not be overseeing an election in which he is also a candidate for governor. It is also a fact that Brian Kemp is the last person who can be trusted on cyber security given his record of leaking the personal information and social security numbers of six million Georgians. 11th hour, cynical ploys come as no surprise from Brian Kemp, a man who raided the offices of organizations who register people to vote and had a woman arrested for helping her blind father cast his ballot. Brian Kemp is desperate to save his failing campaign, and it's likely we'll see even more of his abuses of power as the election nears, but Georgians will keep working hard, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and voting to make sure he doesn't get a promotion."

Stay with News 12 for updates on this developing story.