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Voting material must be replaced after “unauthorized access”

Georgia’s secretary of state on Friday announced plans to replace election materials in a county following “unauthorized access” to materials that occurred two months after the 2020 election.

A computer forensics team hired by allies of then-President Donald Trump traveled to Coffee County, about 200 miles southeast of Atlanta, on January 7, 2021. A representative from the company said it made full copies of the election management system. server and other components of the electoral system. Later that month, two men who were involved in efforts to discredit the 2020 election results also spent hours inside the elections office with access to equipment.

Trump and his supporters pushed false claims on some voting machines after losing his re-election bid. Authorities said there was no evidence of widespread problems with voting equipment.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said an investigation into unauthorized access to equipment by former Coffee County election officials is continuing.

“Anyone who has broken the law should be punished to the fullest extent,” Raffensperger said in a press release. “But current Coffee County election officials need to move forward with the 2022 election, and they should be able to do so without this distraction.”

Security camera footage shows “former Coffee County election officials allowing unauthorized individuals access to equipment that under Georgia law should have been secured,” the statement said. The footage was produced in response to subpoenas issued by plaintiffs in a long-running lawsuit against state election officials who claim the state’s touchscreen voting machines are not not secure.

The county’s election management server and central scanner workstation were previously replaced in June 2021, officials said. The county will receive 100 new touchscreen voting machines, 100 printers, 10 precinct scanners, 21 tablets used to register voters, and new flash cards and USB drives to install and test before early voting begins next month.

Marilyn Marks, executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, a plaintiff in the voting machine lawsuit, said the election management server and central scanner workstation should also be replaced. She said this is because they have been used along with other potentially contaminated equipment in elections since they were replaced last year.

Separately, election officials in the state’s most populous county in and around Atlanta said Friday they fired a worker after learning that “personally identifiable information had been shared with someone outside of organization,” the media reported.

“The person responsible for the incident no longer works with Fulton County,” the county said in a news release. “Fulton County is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens and employees. Everyone affected by this incident will be notified and provided with credit monitoring services. »


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