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Congressman Says It's 'Quite Possible' A Special Election Was Stolen From A Democrat | HuffPost

"Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) questioned whether Rep. Karen Handel (R-Ga.) really defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a closely watched congressional special election in June. There are lingering questions about the security of Georgia’s election systems after a server hosting voter information was wiped clean amid a lawsuit over Georgia’s election systems.

“I think it’s quite possible that Jon Ossoff won that election and the election was stolen from him. That’s my suspicion,” Johnson told WXIA on Monday. Handel defeated Ossoff by just over 9,200 votes in the June contest that was closely watched nationally because of Ossoff’s unexpected strength in the race.

Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), who is charged with overseeing the state’s election systems, dismissed Johnson’s claim.

“There is zero evidence that Georgia’s voting equipment has ever been manipulated. We stand by the results. His assertions are ridiculous,” she wrote in an email.

In August 2016, a cybersecurity researcher exposed serious holes in Georgia’s election security network and was able to access voter registration records as well as passwords poll workers used to access a main server on Election Day. A group of voting rights advocates sued in July, challenging the certification of the results. Shortly after the suit was filed, officials at Kennesaw State University, which manages the server, wiped it clean, eliminating any potential evidence of election tampering. The school has said it only wiped the server after the local FBI office made a copy and it was following standard procedures. It’s unclear whether the FBI still has its copy of the server, according to The Associated Press."

Congressman Says It's 'Quite Possible' A Special Election Was Stolen From A Democrat | HuffPost

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