Miami Herald/McClatchy: The FBI classified the names of Florida’s hacked election offices. We contacted all 67.
Miami Herald: The FBI classified the names of Florida’s hacked election offices. We contacted all 67.
Florida’s governor is facing calls to name the two local election offices he says were hacked ahead of the 2016 election. But based on his own comments, he’s not the only one in Florida choosing to keep that information secret.
In the weeks since Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election revealed that hacking efforts by Russian intelligence outfit GRU were in fact successful in “at least one” Florida county despite years of public information to the contrary, the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times have contacted each of the state’s 67 election supervisors to ask whether their office had been hacked. …
DeSantis said Tuesday that he’s trying now to determine why Florida officials were left unaware that hacking had been successful. He said he was told during his briefing that there were state agents of a task force who knew about the hacks and it’s possible that information should have been transmitted to the governor. In the meantime, some elections watch organizations say they’re less concerned with who was hacked three years ago than with the question of whether Florida is prepared to stop hacking efforts in 2020.
“2016 proved that foreign governments have much to gain from meddling in our elections,” said Liza McClenaghan, chairwoman of the Florida board of voting advocacy group Common Cause. “More attacks are on the way.”