On Friday, a judge dismissed the lawsuit to use paper ballots in the upcoming June 20 special election to decide the Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat. The high-profile race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will fill the seat left behind by Tom Price, who now serves as Trump’s secretary of health and human services. … Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp appeared happy with the results and said that he applauds “the judge for finding what we already know: Our voting machines in Georgia are safe and accurate.” However, Kemp has previously expressed concern about voting-system security. In 2016, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp accused the Department of Homeland Security of trying to hack into Georgia’s computer network.
Kemp said the system flagged what appeared to be an attempt to breach the system coming from a DHS IP address. The DHS said that the system was triggered because an employee copy and pasted information from Georgia’s database of licensed security personnel while doing a regular check. Kemp was unsatisfied with this answer, though, and asked Trump to investigate.
In a separate incident in March, the FBI was investigating a hack into the Center for Election Systems. The hacker accessed millions of voter records. The investigation is now closed, and the FBI never charged anyone.
The judge’s decision to not to pursue paper ballots comes on the heels of the Intercept’s recent publication of a National Security Agency document outlining Russia’s months-long effort into interfering with U.S. election systems.