Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp turned down an offer from the federal government to help prevent hackers from manipulating the November election.
The Republican told Politico why in an interview that accused President Barack Obama’s administration of playing up warnings over cyberthreats.
“It seems like now it’s just the D.C. media and the bureaucrats, because of the DNC getting hacked — they now think our whole system is on the verge of disaster because some Russian’s going to tap into the voting system,” Kemp, a Republican, told POLITICO in an interview. “And that’s just not — I mean, anything is possible, but it is not probable at all, the way our systems are set up.”
Still, Kemp accused the news media and the federal bureaucracy of raising unwarranted fears of election cyberattacks at the worst possible time.
“It would have been nice for us to have been brought into this situation beforehand to get the perspective,” he said, “because quite honestly, all this did was help blow a lot of things out of proportion, and now every election official across the country’s having to deal with these issues in the middle of a presidential election.”
Kemp’s office is also engaged in a battle against voting rights advocacy groups. The AJC’s Kristina Torres wrote about the lawsuits and whether voting could become an issue in the November election.