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Governor Ron DeSantis says Two County Elections Were Hacked in 2016

DeSantis also says the previous administration was not notified at the time. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons
DeSantis also says the previous administration was not notified at the time. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Ron DeSantis said today that voter data was stolen in 2016 when election systems in two Florida counties were hacked.

But WFSU’s Blaise Gainey reports DeSantis says it didn’t impact voting.

During the 2016 race, former Democratic Senator Bill Nelson warned of a possible Russian hack.

His Republican opponent, then-governor Rick Scott, dismissed the warning as a scare tactic.

Now, however, governor Ron DeSantis says Two Florida county election systems were infiltrated by actors affiliated with Russia.

DeSantis says the FBI assures him that the voter information they accessed was publicly available and that it didn’t affect any outcomes.

"Obviously for me my main concern is, is that people go in they vote, the vote gets counted, and we have a fair result. And so if you look at what they accessed that would not have been able to do that."

DeSantis also says the previous administration was not notified at the time.
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Danielle Prieur is WMFE's education reporter.