Primarily based on information out of Florida on Tuesday, it seems the 2016 election isn’t the one election by which Russian hackers managed to penetrate their manner into voter registration databases and alter the end result.
Though preliminary outcomes of the 2018 mid-term elections appeared reliable in most main races and state, it seems two Florida counties have been an exception to the rule. Curiously sufficient, foul play in Florida was truly suspected a number of months in the past, however was nearly instantly shut down by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and Republican Senator Rick Scott. Nonetheless, contemplating each males have been unbelievable beneficiaries on election evening and have been so fast to point out curiosity within the allegations, their denials appeared suspicious on the time. Now, we’re getting a greater understanding as to why.
On Tuesday, Ron DeSantis introduced that the FBI has knowledgeable him that Russian hackers did certainly penetrate voter registration databases in two Florida counties in 2018. Naturally, DeSantis additionally supplied a disclaimer that the FBI knowledgeable him that the hacking didn’t alter the end result of the election.
Nonetheless, the one drawback with that disclaimer is that there isn’t a doable manner that the FBI or some other investigative physique may conclude past the shadow of a doubt that the hacking didn’t alter the end result. As an example, if the hackers had deleted the voter registrations of varied registered Democrats, the voters would have proven as much as vote however would have been turned away as a result of not being discovered within the system. And let’s not fake that provisional ballots would have been a viable backup possibility, as they most definitely would have been tossed out.
That stated, I’m undecided the place DeSantis is coming from with regard to his feedback suggesting the FBI had decided votes didn’t alter the election. Certainly he’s mendacity and the FBI didn’t inform him this. If he’s mendacity, then it’s going to solely be a matter of time earlier than the reality is revealed.