Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Oprah Winfrey Responds to 'Racist Robocalls' in Georgia

Oprah Winfrey Responds to 'Racist Robocalls' in Georgia

And I don't even want you to vote for us just because we're Democrats.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Stacey Abrams speaks, as Republican candidate Brian Kemp looks on, during a debate in Atlanta, Oct. 23, 2018.

"He is attempting to get the headlines off of his attempts at voter suppression and force attention elsewhere", she said.

If elected, Abrams would be the first non-white, non-male governor of Georgia and the first female African American governor in United States history.

Democrats denied Kemp's claim and ripped the investigation as a "political stunt" from a "desperate" candidate. The citizen made his findings available late last week to the state Democratic Party and to an attorney who flagged the concern to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to Kemp's office.

Republican candidate Brian Kemp condemned the calls, which were recorded by a white nationalist.

Democrats hope enthusiasm for Abrams' campaign will also help them win open seats for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and insurance commissioner. The Anti-Defamation League says the website is responsible for similar tactics in other Georgia election races.

Kemp was criticized earlier this year, when it was found his office purged more than 100,000 people from Georgia's voter rolls because, as member station WABE reported, "they had decided not to vote in previous elections and they failed to respond to mailed notices from the state".

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Election law experts pointed out press releases about the alleged hacking appear prominently on the secretary of state's homepage, where many voters research information about their voter registration status and polling location before voting.

"He doesn't take accountability, he doesn't take responsibility - what he does instead is find someone else to blame", she added.

Kemp's office did not offer any evidence of a cyberattack, Democratic State Election Board Member David Worley said Tuesday as he urged people to vote.

"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 cybercrimes", said Candice Broce, who works for Kemp.

A report from the Inspector General of DHS released in July 2017, concluded that allegations were unsubstantiated. The party published two emails that purport to show a private individual who pointed out potential vulnerabilities in systems used by Georgia residents to print sample ballots and registration information that the individual suggested could allow a hacker to steal or manipulate registration information. But flipping what has been a GOP stronghold like Georgia would signal a potential meaningful shift in the electorate and open up a new battleground ahead of 2020.

In a blow to Kemp, a federal judge ruled Friday that Georgia must ease its "exact match" demands.

A national spotlight is shining on the election in Georgia, where both President Trump and former President Obama visited in recent days to tout support for Kemp and Abrams, respectively.

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