Rick Scott (R-FL) is demanding Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) provide proof to back up his statement that Russian operatives penetrated Florida’s election systems ahead of this year’s crucial election.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter to the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee demanding “immediate transparency and cooperation” in sharing any information about new hacking efforts.
Russian hackers reportedly targeted at least 21 states, including Florida, ahead of the 2016 election and are believed to have breached the voter registration system in at least one, Illinois, according to investigators.
Legislators, however, did agree to set aside $1.9 million to provide grants to local election officials to purchase a security monitoring service.
Ahead of this year’s election, Florida is also distributing more than $14 million in federal election security grants to local election officials.