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Florida's voting systems prepared for electronic attacks

Posted at 6:22 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 18:22:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida's voting systems are prepared for electronic attacks. That's what the state's top elections officer said Tuesday.

This after Secretary of State Laurel Lee's Office completed a statewide review of elections security across 67 counties, at the request of Governor Ron DeSantis.

Lee did not discuss much of what the review revealed, but acknowledged voter concern given Florida's critical role in the 2020 presidential election and its counties being infiltrated by Russian hackers during the 2016 presidential election.

Mark Earley, Supervisor of Elections for Leon County, says he thinks at this point Leon County is in good shape.

"Feel very good about our status of our security not only in Leon County but Florida as a whole and I do think we're ready for 2020," said Earley.

Lee called the attacks, "A very real threat to Florida" and said, "Every single day domestic actors and foreign actors attempt to penetrate our Department of State networks and the networks of supervisors of elections around our state."