Georgia audit audit finds no evidence of Russian meddling in election
GAZA, Gaza Strip–(AP) For the second time in two months, a Georgia government audit has found no evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The Georgia Office of the Inspector General released a report Monday on its findings into how Georgia handled the audit.
It found no violations of election laws, including any tampering of voting equipment.
The IG said the audit focused on Georgia’s use of a statewide, statewide voter registration system.
It said that in the first week of November, more than 1.3 million Georgia voters used the system, but no voter fraud was found.
The audit was prompted by the release of documents and a congressional request by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said the report does not change the outcome of the presidential election.
“We did not conduct any testing to determine whether there was any evidence of voter fraud,” he said.
The Georgia Secretary of Transportation and Department of Labor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Georgia’s Democratic Party has accused Georgia of trying to cover up election tampering by the Russian government, and it has called for the impeachment of Gov.
Nathan Deal and Georgia Attorney General Steve Marshall.
Deal has denied any involvement.
The investigation came after Georgia Attorney Adrienne Browning, the state’s top election official, called for an independent investigation into the Georgia election.
Browning also urged Georgia to do more to make sure election machines are secure.
Deal’s office said it would provide more details about the results after the report is released.
Deal also said he will meet with a group of Georgia election officials Monday.