Who's in charge: Secretary of State Brian Kemp

Secretary of State Brian Kemp famously said that Georgia didn’t have to worry about its voting systems because they were secure. That was before U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg admonished Georgia officials in September for sticking their “head in the sand” in the face of evidence that showed the state’s election systems had obvious security holes.

While Totenberg denied plaintiffs’ request to compel  Georgia to replace or augment its touchscreen voting system in the 2018 election with paper ballots, noting the action would be too close to Election Day, she made it clear to officials that “further delay is not tolerable,” noting “a wound or reasonably threatened wound to the integrity of a state’s election system carries grave consequences beyond the results in any particular election.”

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