Karen Handel’s win in the hotly contested 6th Congressional District special election should be thrown out and the contest redone, according to a new lawsuit seeking to ultimately invalidate Georgia’s aging electronic voting system. The suit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court, is the second pursued in less than two months by a Colorado-based group over the security of Georgia’s election infrastructure. The suit says those concerns include private cybersecurity researcher Logan Lamb’s finding last year that a misconfigured server at Kennesaw State University’s Center for Election Systems — which has helped run Georgia’s elections for the past 15 years — exposed more than 6.5 million voter records and other sensitive information that opponents said could be used to alter results. The same records were accessed a second time earlier this year by another security researcher. The FBI investigated both Lamb’s and the second researcher’s probing but did not file charges, saying neither of the two had broken federal law.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office declined to comment Wednesday because it had not yet seen the suit. Named as defendants in the suit are Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and numerous election officials from Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties — all of which have communities that fall within the 6th District’s boundaries.
Marilyn Marks, who as executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance brought the suit with several Georgia voters, said the incidents at the center show Georgia’s system is “completely vulnerable and unreliable and should not have been used for this election.”