Russia Penetrates Florida’s Voter Registration Systems
August 8, 2018
Nothing has changed since the 2016 elections. Senator Claire McCaskill was the first to realize that they were hacking attempts on her computer system. The government is concerned with hacking of U.S. power grids, and Facebook continues to shut down fake profiles disseminating fake news.
Senator Bill Nelson earlier today said that Russian operatives “penetrated” some of Florida’s voter registration systems. With the mid-term elections getting closer, I can only imagine it will get worse.
In speaking with the Tampa Bay Times, Senator Nelson said the “they have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about.”
A day earlier Senator Nelson said the same thing, but he has not provided specifics.
Senator Nelson did send a letter last month to election supervisors in all of Florida’s counties. However, his statements are being challenged.
“The Florida Department of State has received zero information from Senator Nelson or his staff that support his claims. Additionally, the Department has received no information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that corroborates Senator Nelson’s statement and we have no evidence to support these claims. If Senator Nelson has specific information about threats to our elections, he should share it with election officials in Florida.” –Sarah Revell
Republican Marco Rubio who is a member of the Intelligence Committee, has stated previously Florida is subject to the threat of election meddling and that election officials are “over-confident.” However, election officials have also stated that Rubio has not provided any specifics.
Senator Nelson is concerned about deleting voter rolls which I have seen some people on social media claim they have experienced.
However, I would be more concerned about hacking power grids. Imagine the panic that would result if power grids are shut off on election day. It is a logistical nightmare and legally it is a mess, comparable to the vote counting fiasco of George Bush and Al Gore in the 2000 elections.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.