Now that Democrat Abrams stands a good chance of pulling off an upset in a conservative stronghold state, Kemp may just want to have an excuse to contest the results should the election not tip in his favor.
Georgia's centrally managed elections system lacks a verifiable paper trail that can be audited in case of problems.
Well, Secretary of State Kemp, we have been telling you that something has been going on over the past several months, and yet here we are, one day before the election with a scandal on our hands said to be caused by the opposing party.
By Monday morning, Abrams took to the airwaves to push back.
The Democratic Party of Georgia said it was blindsided Sunday when Kemp's office announced it had "opened an investigation" into the party on Saturday evening after what it described - without evidence - as "a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system".
The FBI declined to comment.
The state Democratic Party called Kemp's accusation "a reckless and unethical ploy" and said he was using the Federal Bureau of Investigation to support "false accusations".
The Georgia's governors race has been fraught with a race-laden debate over ballot access and voter suppression.
"It's just one more example of the kinds of problems that can occur when the person who is in charge of running the elections in the state is not only a partisan elected official but is a party's candidate for the highest office in the state".
Kemp's team told NBC News that the gubernatorial candidate's card was blank and he had to get another one.
"Iconic" is a Republican gubernatorial candidate-and secretary of state, and election chief-invoking the "exact-match" law to suspend 53,000 voter-registration applications for infractions as minor as a hyphen missing from a surname.
"There was never a hack", she told a gathering at a Savannah union hall.
She has promised to work with any president to advance the state, but her candidacy hinges on young voters, African-American voters, women and new immigrants - basically every group that Trump has attacked and demonized throughout his presidency.
Kemp is the 54-year-old businessman and veteran secretary of state vying to keep the GOP's hold on a state that is nearing presidential battleground status courtesy of its growth and diversity.
The Democrats, however, condemned the accusation, charging Kemp with a conflict of interest and accusing the Republican nominee of slander ahead of the vote. He has also faced multiple claims of voter suppression that disproportionately affects immigrants, black voters, and people filing absentee ballots. Abrams made her name in part by opposing such requirements, and the two clashed over the validity of voter registrations Abrams obtained during a drive. And on Saturday, a federal judge ruled that Georgia must relax voting restrictions that could prevent more than 3,000 people from casting ballots in Tuesday's poll.