A spokeswoman for Kemp referred questions to federal officials, and said the office was also waiting for resolution. Federal officials have had no new updates as the investigation continues.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched the inquiry into the suspected cyberattack two weeks ago at the request of state officials, after staff discovered records kept by the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University may have been compromised.
The election systems center at the university has since 2002 overseen the state's election operations and voting machines. It does that work through an agreement with the Secretary of State's Office. It does not, however, maintain live databases or the state's official voter registration database.
The letter came as Kemp, the state’s top elections official, will hold a nationally watched special election April 18 to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price. Preparations for that election are operating as normal, including an expectation that the state will be able to use its usual supply of “direct-recording electronic” voting machines, or DREs, known by voters for their touch screens.
The state committed to the machines in 2002, when it last overhauled its elections. At the same time, it also eliminated a paper trail of recorded votes.