Homeland Security tried to hack Georgia’s election system?

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Secretary of State Brian Kemp. AJC file

The world just got a little more strange. From our AJC colleague Kristina Torres:

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has asked federal officials to explain what appears to be an attempt by the U.S. Homeland Security Department to breach Georgia’s voter registration database.

The claim comes after an IP address associated with federal agency attempted to penetrate the state’s firewall . David Dove, the chief of staff and legal counsel in the Secretary of State’s Office, said Thursday that the attempt was not successful. DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Wall Street Journal is also chasing the story, and has added what might be construed as a dose of paranoia:

Georgia was one of the states that had declined the federal government’s assistance for election security, citing state sovereignty. “Right now, we’re just demanding answers,” said David Dove, a top aide to the Georgia secretary of state. “My boss, Secretary Kemp, has been a very vocal critic of the Department of Homeland Security declaring election systems critical infrastructure.”

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