In one of the most bizarre early-November surprises I can remember, the race for Georgia’s new governor got even more interesting than the virtual tie they’re in going into Tuesday’s election. Rachel Small, a volunteer for the Democratic Party of Georgia’s voter protection hotline, may be involved in a failed hack attempt of the voter registration system. Or she may have simply forwarded an email. It all depends on which side you believe.
Here are the two competing stories Tweeted today.
BREAKING: Just got this text from Georgia Secretary of State office official…
"The FBI is looking for information on 'Rachel Small…'" after bombshell announcement its investigating @GeorgiaDemocrat Party for "failed cyberattack" on State's voter registration system. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/tYlODB6KV4
— Aaron Diamant (@AaronDiamantWSB) November 4, 2018
BREAKING: Team Kemp is losing their minds. Rachel Small is a volunteer for the Democratic Party of Georgia on our voter protection hotline. She received an email from a man named Richard Wright. She forwarded Richard's email to our voter protection director. Sorry, @BrianKempGA. https://t.co/eogwmEZ2X0
— Georgia Democrat (@GeorgiaDemocrat) November 4, 2018
So, either the FBI is investigating Small (or someone potentially connected to her) or the Georgia Secretary of State’s office is pulling a political stunt ahead of the election.
“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,” Broce wrote in a statement. “We are working with our private sector vendors and investigators to review data logs.”
Kemp’s campaign added “the Democrats tried to expose vulnerabilities” in Georgia’s registration procedures.
“This was a 4th quarter Hail Mary pass that was intercepted in the end zone,” Kemp’s communications director Ryan Mahoney said. “These power-hungry radicals should be held accountable for their criminal behavior.”
This is definitely a case of political posturing for the sake of the election. The only question is whether it’s the Democrats or Republicans who are doing the posturing. At this point, there’s simply not enough data to tell.