Enlarge / Georgia voters at a voting machine during the US presidential election at the Athens-Clarke County Fleet building in Athens, Georgia on November 8, 2016. (credit: TAMI CHAPPELL/AFP/Getty Images)
A server and its backups, believed to be key to a pending federal lawsuit filed against Georgia election officials, was thoroughly deleted according to e-mails recently released under a public records request.
Georgia previously came under heavy scrutiny after a researcher discovered significant problems with his home state’s voting system.

A lawsuit soon followed in state court, asking the court to annul the results of the June 20 special election for Congress and to prevent Georgia’s existing computer-based voting system from being used again. The case, Curling v. Kemp, was filed in Fulton County Superior Court on July 3.
As the Associated Press reported Thursday, the data was initially destroyed on July 7 by the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, the entity tasked with running the Peach State’s elections.
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