Stacey Abrams, Georgia Democrats decry Brian Kemp's hacking claim

Stacey Abrams, Georgia Democrats decry Brian Kemp's hacking claim

Stacey Abrams, Georgia Democrats decry Brian Kemp's hacking claim

Kemp's decision to directly accuse the opposing party of wrongdoing while running for the state's highest office has further inflamed deep-seated worries over voting rights in Georgia at the height of a historic campaign by his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, to become the country's black female governor.

Abrams would be the first African-American woman to be elected governor in the U.S. But, she said she doesn't want people going to the polls with that in mind.

Oprah Winfrey has put a verbal hex on the haters who are using her name in vain through racist robocalls to discredit Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Kemp, who oversees elections as Georgia's secretary of state, vehemently denies charges that he's used his office to make it harder for minorities to vote. The Democratic candidate, Stacey Abrams, believes the investigation is bogus.

Channel 3's Caitlyn Chastain is in Atlanta tonight at an Abrams watch party to bring you full coverage from Georgia.

The Georgia secretary of state's official website says the office "opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia" regarding a failed hacking attempt on Saturday night, adding that it also alerted federal authorities.

Georgians on both sides have told me that they see this race as a choice between the past and the future.

Last month, a federal judge endorsed plaintiffs' arguments that Kemp has been derelict in his management of the state election system and that the setup is lacking in reliability.

Voters can still apply for absentee ballots at clerk's office today
Lewis County Clerk Glenda Himes said 15 voters came in her office by mid-afternoon on Friday to cast absentee ballots. Under the judge's order, voters would have nearly a week to verify their identity and have their ballot counted.

She added that it was "pathetic" that Kemp "has only now suddenly made a decision to find a conscience as polls are tightening and Georgia voters are making it clear that they reject the kind of hate he and his allies have been spewing around the state".

The latest poll: A WSB/Atlanta Journal Constitution poll out Friday showed Abrams with an extremely narrow lead over Kemp - 46.9 percent to 46.7 percent.

According to interviews conducted by The Associated Press and records released by the Georgia Democratic Party, the dispute built steam quickly in the days before Kemp's statement. She and Abrams are both black women from MS, and the media titan spoke of the sacrifices their ancestors had to make to obtain the right to vote.

Suppressing the vote of the dead is probably a good idea if you want a free and fair election.

Oprah, while leaning against exercise equipment in her Instagram video, said "we know what to do about that - vote tomorrow".

The Brennan Center for Justice says the number of voters "purged" skyrocketed under Kemp, reaching an estimated 1.5 million between the 2012 and 2016 elections.

Stacey Abrams, who is now at a poll average of 45.7, sits on a campaign of encouraging younger voters to get their voices heard and take to the polling booths, hoping to expand Medicaid, which has raised a few eyebrows as well as other plans revolving around K-12 education and job creation.

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