Voting equipment will be replaced in one county in Georgia due to 'unauthorized access'

"According to the AP, the team involved in this had access to all of the voting equipment and spent hours in the election office."

Updated: September 25, 2022 - 5:35pm

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Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced on Friday that voting equipment will be replaced in Coffee County due to "unauthorized access."

A computer forensics team had traveled to Coffee County, Georgia in 2021 a couple months after the 2020 election and made copies of election system components and the election management system server. According to the Associated Press, the team involved in this had access to all of the voting equipment and spent hours in the election office. 

According to Raffensperger's press release, security cameras captured "former election officials in Coffee County permitting access by unauthorized individuals to equipment that under Georgia law should have been secured."

Coffee County will receive 100 new touchscreen voting machines, 100 printers, 10 precinct scanners and 21 tablets, which will be used to check in voters before early voting begins in October, The Associated Press reports. 

In another Georgia county, Fulton County, an election worker had been terminated due to sharing "personally identifiable information" with an individual who was "outside the organization." 

"The individual responsible for the incident no longer works with Fulton County," the county said in a press release. "Fulton County is committed to the safety and security of all citizens and employees. Each individual affected by this incident will be notified and will receive credit monitoring services."