Senator Bill Nelson has championed the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election, and now he’s called for higher security into upcoming elections because “They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about” as he explained to the Tampa Bay Times.In response to the claim, Governor Rick Scott called for Senator Nelson to provide evidence that there had been foreign penetration into voting systems.
Now, it’s being reported that state officials have no information to back up Nelson’s claim, and the Broward County Elections Supervisor, Brenda Snipes, also explained that she hasn’t received any notice of foreign intervention. She explained that “We have had absolutely no information regarding that. We have not seen anything with our system that something strange is going on.”
Senator Nelson had noted that “The threat is real and elections officials — at all levels — need to address the vulnerabilities.” However, he did not provide any specific counties that had been affected, and he still has not provided evidence to support his claim.
Adding on to Snipes’ response, a statement from the Florida Department of State detailed that “the department has received no information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that corroborates Sen. Nelson’s statement and we have no evidence to support these claims. If Sen. Nelson has specific information about threats to our elections, he should share it with election officials in Florida.”