AG’s office won’t represent state election officials anymore

[private]The state attorney general’s office has said it will not represent state election officials involved in a lawsuit where an elections computer server was wiped clean of data after the lawsuit was filed.

The decision by Attorney General Chris Carr’s office was first reported by the   Associated Press, which said:

The lawsuit aims to force Georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily criticized touchscreen election technology, which does not provide an auditable paper trail.

The server in question was a statewide staging location for key election-related data. It made national headlines in June after a security expert disclosed a gaping security hole that wasn’t fixed for six months after he first reported it to election authorities. Personal data was exposed for Georgia’s 6.7 million voters as were passwords used by county officials to access files.

The assistant state attorney general handling the case, Cristina Correia, notified the court and participating attorneys Wednesday that her office was withdrawing from the case, according to an email obtained by the AP.

It was later disclosed that Former Gov. Roy Barnes’ law firm will represent Secretary of State Brian Kemp in the lawsuit.

The data wipe happened on July 7 at Kennesaw State University, but was not discovered until recently.  KSU officials said the server’s data was wiped so that the computer could be used for other purposes.

Kemp, the state’s chief elections official, has denied that his office had anything to do with the elections data deleted from the computer server.

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Tags: Brian Kemp , Chris Carr , voting systems lawsuit