Rubio Says Russians Hacked A Florida County’s Elections System In 2016

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Sen. Mark Rubio (R-FL) expanded on a detail revealed in the redacted Mueller report, telling the New York Times Friday that the Russians did successfully hack the elections system of a county in Florida.

“Everybody has been told what it is they need to do to protect themselves from the intrusion,” he said. “I don’t believe the specific victims of the intrusion have been notified. The concern was that in a number of counties across the country, there are a couple of people with the attitude of: ‘We’ve got this; we don’t need your help. We don’t think we need to do what you are telling us we need to do.’”

“My biggest concern is that on Election Day you go vote and have mass confusion because voter registration information has been deleted from the systems,” he added.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are reportedly slated to receive a briefing in the next few weeks.

“They won’t tell us which county it was, are you kidding me?” DeSantis said Thursday, expressing his frustration. “Why would you have not said something immediately?”

A detail in the Mueller report revealed that the Russians did hack the Illinois Board of Elections successfully, but only concluded that they may have infiltrated a county in Florida.

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  1. Lemme guess, Broward? Palm Beach, Dade?

  2. Hard to see how this doesn’t call the validity of the election into question.

  3. my biggest concern is that republikkkan manufactured hackable voting machines which are still being used in many precincts across the country will be hacked either by the fascistgop or by the russians with the blessing of the fascistgop.

  4. Trump: They needed to as there are too many Puerto Ricans in FL now. Also, way too many Cubans. I dont like Little Marco.

  5. This bring up an interesting question I posed a few years ago when this topic was the province of conspiracy theorists.

    If Vlad hacked our county election systems, do you think he would’ve done so if he didn’t feel he had a reasonable chance to succeed?

    What did he define as success? Just poking in to look around to say he did it, the way some hackers like to penetrate big networks just to say they can?

    Or, was it to alter voter registration rolls, precinct assignments, polling place addresses, you know, the stuff that the GOP routinely messes with in every election?

    Or, was it the holy grail that no one ever wants to talk about, altering or ‘rigging’ the vote totals?

    Did the Russians think about it, do a risk analysis and decide it wasn’t worth the effort?

    Would we even have the tools to identify their fingerprints if they had?

    I don’t know. Not going tinfoil here, just asking questions that I hope the FBI has or is looking into.

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