ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Last Friday, Georgia voters' personal information was inadvertently included on a statewide voter file that was sent to news media and political parties, due to a clerical error in the IT Division.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp said his office has secured all 12 discs sent from his office that contained personally identifiable voter information, and the IT employee responsible has been fired.
"As of 11 a.m., all 12 discs containing sensitive voter information have been retrieved or destroyed," Kemp said. "My staff has verified with the media outlets and political parties that received these discs that they have not copied or otherwise disseminated confidential voter data to outside sources. I am confident that our voters' personal information has not been compromised."
"I take full responsibility for this mistake and have taken immediate action to resolve it. The employee at fault has been fired, and I have put in place additional safeguards effective immediately to ensure this situation does not happen again."
"Moving forward, the secure site for voter data downloads will be locked to prevent changes by any employee other than the Chief Information Officer acting at my direction. Further, a three-part check will be required before a disc containing the statewide voter file can be released to the public. It is my top priority to protect the personal information of all Georgians."
For additional information or assistance, voters can contact the Secretary of State Office's dedicated hotline for this issue: 404-654-6045.