In 2018, Florida County That Went Heavily Republican Was Hacked By Russians

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While the FBI claims that there is no evidence of vote manipulation, lawmakers are pushing for more details.

In one Florida Panhandle county where voter turnout for President Donald Trump was high in 2016, Russian hackers were able to successfully breach county voting systems, Politico reports.

Washington County was one of the two counties that Russians were able to successfully obtain voter information data. While FBI and Homeland Security officials briefed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on the matter in the past week, they asked that the counties be kept confidential.

A person in Florida close to the probe confirmed that Washington County voter information files were one of the targets of the attack.

While officials had known previously that Russians attempted to target Florida voters prior to the 2016 election, only upon the release of Robert Mueller’s report was it confirmed that the hacking efforts were successful, shocking Florida officials, who had previously argued that the efforts were unsuccessful.

However, according to DeSantis and others briefed by the FBI, there is no evidence that voter information was manipulated.

Home to roughly 25,000 people, 77 percent of the 11,000 Washington County voters in 2016 cast their ballots for Trump.

Florida officials on both sides of the aisle are still pushing investigators to reveal more information about how they reached the conclusion that Russian hackers did not tamper with votes. “There’s more to follow here,” said Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL).

"We have a lot of questions across our delegation on how the FBI came to that determination," Waltz said.

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