Feds continue to look into alleged breach of voter records in Georgia

Merle King, executive director for the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University, explains how a DRE, a touchscreen machine voters use when casting their ballot, works, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Kennesaw, Ga. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL
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Merle King, executive director for the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University, explains how a DRE, a touchscreen machine voters use when casting their ballot, works, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Kennesaw, Ga. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched the inquiry Friday at the request of state officials, who hours earlier received notice that records kept by the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University may have been compromised.

“We’ll let the law enforcement do their job and get a report back I’m sure, hopefully very soon,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.

He was asked if the state was considering new measures to secure confidential voter data.

“I don’t know of anything else we can do. All that we can normally expect to do has been done,” he said. “We just need to find out how this happened and who it was.”

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A hacker compromised information from the center for election systems, housed at Kennesaw State University.

The center since 2002 has helped Georgia officials run elections across the state, including creating ballots and helping maintain the state's ubiquitous electronic voting machines.

The center uses voter records to build electronic “poll books” used in precincts to verify voters’ names, addresses and registration status.

The Georgia Secretary of State's Office said Friday that the investigation is not related to its own network and is not a breach of its own, separate database containing the personal information including Social Security number of 6.6 million voters currently registered in Georgia.

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