"Because I can assure you if I hadn't done anything and the story came out that something was going on, you'd be going 'Why didn't you act?'"
Abrams claimed Kemp was simply blaming Democrats for flaws in the state's system that he should be held responsible for in his role as secretary of state. On Tuesday, voters will determine which party controls the US Congress as well as pick governors in 36 states, among them Georgia.
If elected, Abrams would be the first non-white, non-male governor of Georgia and the first female African American governor in U.S. history.
Cathy Cox, former Georgia secretary of state and former Democratic candidate for governor, suggested that law enforcement officials should have determined whether the press release was necessary at the launch of any investigation, and that Kemp should abstain from any such investigation.
"You don't have to actually have someone who is successful in running up against your system", they don't have to find a vulnerability for it to be potentially criminal or even try and execute it, Broce said.
In a flurry of statements sent on Sunday, Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said the "scurrilous claims are 100 percent false" and slammed the move as a "political stunt".
It comes amid broader concerns over voter suppression in the state, including a failed proposal from Kemp's office to close seven of nine polling places in a majority-black county in Georgia.
"He doesn't take accountability, he doesn't take responsibility - what he does instead is find someone else to blame", she added.
One of the nation's most closely watched governor's races is shrouded in uncertainty with potential outcomes ranging from the election of America's first black woman governor to another four weeks of bitter, race-laden campaigning. Kemp has also been accused of failing to secure Georgia's voting system by allowing hackers to steal private data of six million registered voters in 2015.
Efforts to reach PCC for comment have not been successful. "And he should not get a promotion to a higher position, because he will constantly abuse that power, as well".
Democrats have tried to turn the investigation around on Kemp, accusing him of suppressing thousands of minority votes.
A national spotlight is shining on the election in Georgia, where both President Trump and former President Obama visited in recent days to tout support for Kemp and Abrams, respectively. Kemp counters that he's following state and federal law and that it's Abrams and her affiliated voting advocacy groups trying to help people, including noncitizens, cast ballots illegally.