Extra election hacking {news} breaks – Republicans scramble to do injury management


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Based mostly on {news} out of Florida on Tuesday, it seems the 2016 election isn’t the one election by which Russian hackers managed to penetrate their method into voter registration databases and alter the end result.

Though preliminary outcomes of the 2018 mid-term elections appeared professional in most main races and state, it seems two Florida counties have been an exception to the rule. Apparently sufficient, foul play in Florida was really suspected a number of months in the past, however was virtually instantly shut down by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and Republican Senator Rick Scott. Nevertheless, contemplating each males have been inconceivable beneficiaries on election night time and have been so fast to indicate 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.

Nevertheless, the one drawback with that disclaimer is that there isn’t a attainable method that the FBI or another investigative physique may conclude past the shadow of a doubt that the hacking didn’t alter the end result. For example, if the hackers had deleted the voter registrations of assorted registered Democrats, the voters would have proven as much as vote however would have been turned away attributable to not being discovered within the system. And let’s not faux that  provisional ballots would have been a viable backup choice, as they most definitely would have been tossed out.

That mentioned, I’m unsure the place DeSantis is coming from with reference 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.

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