Why Republicans will probably “win” in Georgia on Election Day
And now Brian Kemp, Georgia's feral SoS and would-be governor, is investigating the Democrats who reported that the voting system is corrupt. MCM
Two days before the midterm elections, a series of security vulnerabilities have been discovered that would allow even a low-skilled hacker to compromise Georgia’s voter registration system and, in turn, the election itself. It is not known how long these vulnerabilities have been in place or whether they have already been exploited.
Just before noon on Saturday, a third party provided WhoWhatWhy with an email and document, sent from the Democratic Party of Georgia to election security experts, that highlights “massive” vulnerabilities within the state’s My Voter Page and its online voter registration system.
According to the document, it would not be difficult for almost anyone with minimal computer expertise to access millions of people’s private information and potentially make changes to their voter registration — including canceling it.
In this election and during the primaries, voters have reported not showing up in the poll books, being assigned to the wrong precinct, and being issued the wrong ballot.
All of that could be explained by a bad actor changing voter registration data — and at this point there may be no way of knowing if that happened.
It is not clear what impact — if any — this will have on Tuesday’s elections, or what it has had on early voting. Voters should still go to the polls and, if they are encountering problems, ask to cast a provisional ballot as is their right.
WhoWhatWhy contacted five computer security and election systems experts to review the document.
None of these cyber security experts tested the vulnerabilities described, downloaded any files, or altered any data.
All five noted that testing these vulnerabilities without permission would be illegal.
Instead, several logged onto the My Voter Page to look at the code used to build the site — something any Georgian voter could do with a little instruction — and confirmed the voter registration system’s vulnerabilities.
They all agreed with the assessment that the data of voters could easily be accessed and changed.