“Insidious and Highly Suspicious” Data Destruction of Election Server

You’d like to think no one in Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office or the KSU Center for Election Systems would be so glaringly inept as to wipe the data off a server that is the center of a lawsuit over election security. And that they wouldn’t do so immediately after said lawsuit was filed. But someone did exactly that.

It’s hard to read this damning report from the Associated Press and not come away thinking something nefarious is at work. (FWIW: Kemp’s office disavowed any connection to the wipe and KSU declined to comment).

From the report:

The server’s data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs the state’s election system. The data wipe was revealed in an email — sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case — that was obtained by the AP. More emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe.

Kemp and his GOP allies insist Georgia’s elections system is secure. But Marilyn Marks, executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, a plaintiff, believes the server data was erased precisely because the system isn’t secure.

“I don’t think you could find a voting systems expert who would think the deletion of the server data was anything less than insidious and highly suspicious,” she said.

The server data could have revealed whether Georgia’s most recent elections were compromised by malicious hackers. The plaintiffs contend that the results of both last November’s election and a special June 20 congressional runoff— won by Kemp’s predecessor, Karen Handel — cannot be trusted.

The best (?) explanation is that KSU is just plain-ole incompetent. The report notes an “ultimately ineffective effort by Kennesaw State systems engineers to fix the main server’s security hole” when the security lapse was first identified.

The FBI may have made an exact “image” of the server’s data, but the FBI won’t confirm if it has done so and it remains to be seen if the FBI would share the copy.

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radicalmoderate
radicalmoderate

When have we had any reason to believe that Kemp’s office is NOT this inept? The fact that he’s a serious contender in this election after his Sec of State bungling of voter data issues astounds me.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Is Kemp an insidious idiot or an incompetent ignoramus?

Yes.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

Something feels like Sam Olens isn’t coming up smelling like roses in this cow pasture either.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Wow. This is a full-blown scandal now. I can’t believe they didn’t ask for a protective order for that data! Damn!
Who would do such a thing? I have to think they will get to the bottom of it. Someone did it and there can’t be too many people with the access. What are they going to do, say it was an accident?

bethebalance
bethebalance

It’s not a regular part of my practice, but in most cases plaintiffs would at least send an anti-spoliation letter indicating the need to preserve evidence. And while I’ve never seen it happen, I believe the destruction of evidence can be sanctioned with a presumption of guilt.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Like The Hag’s similar destruction of hard drives/emails/evidence even after having received a subpoena? Dang good to know….Thanks!!!

bethebalance
bethebalance

Congressional procedure is surely different, but in the court of public opinion, that presumption of guilt seemed to follow nevertheless.

chefdavid
chefdavid

It sure is hard to read that damming report when the link doesn’t work. Maybe somebody wiped it off.

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

It has been fixed. We blame Ed. Thank you for pointing it out.

chefdavid
chefdavid

Thanks

xdog
xdog

I’m waiting for Earl Ehrhart to make a few budget-threatening phone calls.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Rest assured that the buck will stop well short of Secretary Kemp.

Benevolus
Benevolus

So would someone do that just to protect their job? So what if you screwed up and left the server vulnerable? Get fired and move on. Or could you get in legal trouble for that? More trouble than trying to hide it?
But what if there is evidence that the election was actually rigged somehow? But why would anyone try to hide that?
Unless they were involved?

Noway2016
Noway2016

“But why would anyone try to hide that?” Agree totally….Why would The Hag similarly lie about her campaign’s involvement (paying for…) with the company that created The Dossier?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I know that you’re desperate to meet your daily quota for comments about Merle Haggard, but I don’t see how that’s in any way related to this post.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I said “similar” Drewsky! Work on your reading comprehension…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yeah, but this is about the SoS/KSU. If you want to rant about Merle Haggard, go over to the Morning Reads.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I though he was just misspelling The Hague…

Benevolus
Benevolus

Who lied?
And I don’t know why anyone would since there is nothing wrong with hiring an oppo research firm. Even one in UK.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Glad you just said that. Because your Lib side is saying Donald Jr.’s even taking a meeting with a Russian lawyer is treason. Y’all are squawking like the proverbial Stuck Hawg!

bethebalance
bethebalance

I am curious where you get your liberal news from…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

A voice inside his head.

rickday
rickday

Why do you still, after a decade, choose to play the online role of typical ‘selectively self informed’ White Male Christian Conservative Georgia Voter? Desperate for attention, you say the most uncivilized drivel, as if you live in a tractor. And drive it to Church. Why haven’t you moved over to DeadState Dot Com yet with all the other character actors? It is PAINFULLY obvious you and your kind are Ho’s of Putin, based on the manipulation that resulted in our Cheeto Benito waddling around a golf course. I think you are like the Icarus, playing a roll to get… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Uncivil things like calling folks Deplorables, Rick? Or Bitter Clingers, Rick? And campaign commercials that depict Repubs running over Muslims? And low and behold that very thing happening by a terrorist Muslim just a day later, Rick? You mean “uncivil” things like that? Go back to your spider bong, Rick.