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electionlineWeekly — December 15, 2016

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 VIII. Tech Thursday

Georgia: Secretary of State Brian Kemp is alleging that the state’s voter registration database was the target of an attempted hack from an IP address belonging to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “This morning I sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding to know why,” Kemp said in a Facebook post. According to The Wall Street Journal, the attempted hack took place on November 15. The Department of Homeland Security has informed Georgia election officials that there was no attempt to hack into the state's election computer system, but did acknowledge an agency employee left an electronic paper trail that might make it appear something nefarious was afoot.