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Peach Pundit Website, Linked to Tucker 2015, Refuses to Return Voter Data Disk

According to ABC News, an audit will be conducted to review the voter files and data in the Georgia Secretary of State's office.

Save Tucker! notes that the website in questions is also connected with the consulting firm said to have worked with the Tucker 2015 group in securing their recent victory in the cityhood referendum.  Read the admission at the end of the article, "Lavista Hills: Doomed from the Start" by Mike Hassinger:  here

The company Apache Consulting worked on the Tucker campaign, but the owner says he lives and works in the Lavista Hills proposed city limits. The Peach Pundit reported that it "threw away" the disk that had the voter data on it, which they had received sometime in October, prior to the city vote for both Tucker and Lavista Hills. 

 Georgia to Hire Auditing Firm After Voters' Data Released
ATLANTA — Nov 20, 2015, 8:41 PM ET ( By Kathleen Foody, Associated Press )

Georgia's secretary of state said Friday that he will hire auditing firm Ernst & Young to review the entire office, days after a lawsuit revealed that news media and political parties had received the Social Security numbers and other personal information about Georgia's 6 million voters. Secretary of State Brian Kemp made the announcement in a statement that also provided more detail about how the release occurred while reiterating his confidence that voters' information is secure.

"Human error led to this information being shared with media and political parties," Kemp said. "All 12 discs have been recovered or confirmed they were destroyed by the recipients. I am confident that all voter information is secure and safe."

Kemp issued a required legal notice on the agency's website on Thursday that included fraud prevention tips. The state didn't offer to pay for credit monitoring or other steps to prevent identity theft, however, as Georgia Democrats and cyber-security experts continued to question whether voters' information remains secure.

"They didn't even get all the physical copies," said Rep. David Wilkerson of Powder Springs. "They're counting on people saying they didn't use or download them."

Kemp spokesman David Dove said earlier Friday that nine of the 12 discs containing the personal information were returned to the agency. One recipient, publisher of political blog PeachPundit.com Clayton Wagar, gave a signed statement to an investigator saying he had thrown away the October disc before being asked to return it. Dove said investigators "are in the process of getting signed statements" from two other recipients. 

Kemp said Friday that all 12 recipients "acted responsibly" and voters' information is safe. Dove added that neither the Republican nor Democratic party in Georgia saved, shared, or uploaded the file to their parties' national databases. He said investigators with the agency are "gathering signed statements" from the other nine recipients.

 "Our first priority was securing the discs, and then we wanted to alert everyone in accordance with the law to get that information out there," he said. "We're working day and night."

Rep. Scott Holcomb, an Atlanta Democrat, called on Kemp's office to publish the signed statements, adding that he's "astonished at the delay."

"The public has a right to see these documents since the Secretary of State used these attestations as the basis for his announcement that all data has been secured," Holcomb said.

Read More at abc.com

Read the Secretary of State's online statement here. 

If voters have questions, a hotline has been set up:  404.654.6045.

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