Based on news out of Florida on Tuesday, it appears the 2016 election isn’t the only election in which Russian hackers managed to penetrate their way into voter registration databases and alter the outcome.
Although initial results of the 2018 mid-term elections seemed legitimate in most major races and state, it appears two Florida counties were an exception to the rule. Interestingly enough, foul play in Florida was actually suspected several months ago, but was almost immediately shut down by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and Republican Senator Rick Scott. However, considering both men were improbable beneficiaries on election night and were so quick to show interest in the allegations, their denials seemed suspicious at the time. Now, we’re getting a better understanding as to why.
On Tuesday, Ron DeSantis announced that the FBI has informed him that Russian hackers did indeed penetrate voter registration databases in two Florida counties in 2018. Naturally, DeSantis also provided a disclaimer that the FBI informed him that the hacking did not alter the outcome of the election.
However, the only problem with that disclaimer is that there is no possible way that the FBI or any other investigative body could conclude beyond the shadow of a doubt that the hacking didn’t alter the outcome. For instance, if the hackers had deleted the voter registrations of various registered Democrats, the voters would have shown up to vote but would have been turned away due to not being found in the system. And let’s not pretend that provisional ballots would have been a viable backup option, as they most certainly would have been tossed out.
That said, I’m not sure where DeSantis is coming from in regards to his comments suggesting the FBI had determined votes did not alter the election. Surely he is lying and the FBI did not tell him this. If he is lying, then it will only be a matter of time before the truth is revealed.