Statewide Voter Data Stolen in Georgia


Thieves have made off with computers containing the details of every voter in Georgia—but it’s not clear if they know what they have. Officials say the password-protected computers, containing the names, addresses, birthdates, and driver’s license information of every state voter, were taken in a break-in Monday night at Grove Park Recreation Center in west Atlanta, the Hill reports. The computers, which were taken ahead of a city school board special election, are used to check voters in. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says the thieves, who also ransacked the building’s kitchen, “stole a whole lot more than they thought” and are “in a whole lot of trouble”.

Authorities say the polling computers, which were taken from a sealed case, do not connect to the Internet and cannot be used for other purposes. “I’m sure whoever took them had no idea what was in that case,” Fulton County elections director tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “A Palm Pilot from 2000 is probably more sophisticated than those things. They’re pretty primitive pieces of equipment.” The state’s entire voting system, which was introduced in 2002, is due to be replaced before presidential primaries in March. Barron says voting went ahead without any problems at the location where the machines were stolen—but voting at the Southwest Arts Center was delayed because of a 2-foot snake near the front door. (Read more Georgia stories.)

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