Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Friday that his office is replacing voting equipment in Coffee County following “unauthorized access” to its election system after the 2020 presidential election.
Election equipment is being replaced “following unauthorized access to authorized equipment by former Coffee County election officials in violation of Georgia law,” according to Raffensperger’s office.
As CNN previously reported, operatives working with a lawyer for former President Donald Trump spent hours in a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office in early 2021.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Georgia Secretary of State in an election data breach investigation.
“To allay the fears raised by persistent election deniers and conspiracy theorists, we are replacing the voting machines in Coffee County,” Raffensperger said in a written statement. “The investigation into the former Coffee County election officials who allowed unauthorized access is ongoing, and anyone who broke the law should be punished to the fullest extent.”
Newly obtained surveillance videos showed a Republican county official in Georgia remained in the Coffee County election office while operatives worked on computers near election equipment and began entering voting data.
Former Coffee County GOP Chairwoman Cathy Latham, who is under investigation for voter impersonation in 2020, was escorted out the door of her election office by operatives working with former Trump attorney Sidney Powell on January 7, 2021, CNN reported. notify in advance
Latham has said he was not “personally involved” in the breach, but the new footage appears to undercut his claims.