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Georgia to replace voting machines in a county after 'unauthorized access'

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By Kanishka Singh

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said his office was replacing some election equipment in a south Georgia county where former officials allegedly allowed unauthorized access to allies of former President Donald Trump in the weeks after the 2020 election.

The step comes after video surveillance footage made public recently showed outsiders accessing Coffee County voting machines and copying sensitive software and data.

The Washington Post has reported that forensics experts working last year for pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell copied virtually every component of the voting system. Powell alleged voter fraud after the 2020 election, but federal and local investigations showed otherwise.

"To allay the fears being stoked by perennial election deniers and conspiracy theorists, we're replacing Coffee County's election machines," Raffensperger said in a statement on Friday, adding that the probe into the former officials who allowed the unauthorized access would continue.

"But the current election officials in Coffee County have to move forward with the 2022 election, and they should be able to do so without this distraction," he said.

Separately in Georgia, a grand jury in the Fulton County is probing efforts by Trump to overturn the former president's 2020 election defeat.

Trump has falsely claimed that rampant voter fraud caused his loss in Georgia, a battleground state where President Joe Biden's victory helped propel him to the White House.

The special grand jury in Fulton County is undertaking a criminal investigation into alleged wrongdoing. Trump was recorded in a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call pressuring Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to overturn his loss to Biden in the state.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing. The grand jury had also subpoenaed Trump allies and members of his former legal team.

 

 

Georgia to replace voting machines in a county after 'unauthorized access'
 

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gab nea
gab nea Sep 26, 2022 9:11AM ET
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trump falsely claimed = he is lying ! why beat around the Bush? dishonesty in reporting?
Stephen Fa
Stephen Fa Sep 25, 2022 3:04PM ET
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They said the machines we not not connected to the internet, yet they were and Dominion managed the vote reporting server remotely.
gab nea
gab nea Sep 25, 2022 3:04PM ET
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stop repeating the lies you were told to say! no critical thinking? no intellectual curiosity? how many times does a person lie to you before you use your brain?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Sep 25, 2022 12:29PM ET
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So election machine tampering was, in reality, only committed by Republicans.
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Stephen Fa Sep 25, 2022 12:29PM ET
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Nice lie Brad. It was copied for investigation and the incompetent county election officials forgot to reset it.
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Brad Albright Sep 25, 2022 12:29PM ET
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Man, that is mighty stooopid. Unauthorized people are not allowed to be spirited into elections offices to access secure equipment for the purpose of conducting a private investigation. Serious question: did you not know this access was to secure equipment by unauthorized people, or do you actually condone that?
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Tre Hsi Sep 25, 2022 12:29PM ET
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Stephen Fa  "It was copied for investigation"  -- investigation is that it?  not if it's unauthorized by law enforcement or the court.........so can I just go to your bank and ask to copy your bank account details and call it an investigation?
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Stephen Fa  Serious question: did you not know this access was to secure equipment by unauthorized people, or do you actually condone that?
gab nea
gab nea Sep 25, 2022 7:20AM ET
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videos show Republicans trying to steal the election? cant win anymore honestly?
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Stephen Fa Sep 25, 2022 7:20AM ET
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Yeah, video in 2000 Mules. Everyone should watch it.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Sep 25, 2022 7:20AM ET
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Ginger mint.
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Stephen Fa  so you watch some fiction and believe everything in it?  so did you think Sauran was going to take over after LOTE?
 
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