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DeSantis Redistributes Election Security Money

Jun 17, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis stands at a podium surrounded by officials as he announces a plan to evaluate the security of Florida's elections systems.
Courtesy Governor's Press Office

A month after learning Russian hackers breached elections systems in two Florida counties in 2016, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday said his administration is focused on identifying “any vulnerabilities” ahead of next year’s elections.

The Republican governor announced he is redistributing $2.3 million in election-security money that went unspent by county elections supervisors last year. The funds are in addition to $2.8 million for elections cybersecurity Florida lawmakers earmarked in the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1.

Hand dropping ballot into a box.
Drew McKissick / Flickr

Threats to Florida elections are often so inconspicuous that people don’t notice them.

They exist behind the glowing light of your cellphone on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Pasco County’s Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley sent out a letter this week urging voters to be aware of possible cybersecurity threats ahead of the 2020 election.

Updated at 9:10 a.m. ET

California Sen. Kamala Harris is running for president in 2020. The first-term Democratic senator made the announcement on ABC's Good Morning America Monday morning.

"I love my country, and this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to fight for the best of who we are," Harris said.

Progressive organizations spent millions of dollars in Florida trying to increase young voter turnout.

Exit polling from researchers at Tufts University show their efforts may have made a difference in the 2018 midterms. More than 30 percent of registered voters under the age of 29 cast ballots. That's a 25-year-high.

Florida’s political world is built around two-year cycles.

And the latest acrimonious, head-scratching cycle finally ended Tuesday when the state Elections Canvassing Commission certified the results of the Nov. 6 elections.

Hand dropping ballot into a box.
Drew McKissick / Flickr

Advocates for Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida after they were displaced by Hurricane Maria have filed a federal lawsuit demanding 32 counties in the state provide voting materials in Spanish ahead of the November election. 


After numerous complaints last week, Florida’s election agency says the glitches on its online voter registration website are fixed. But, if anyone sees any other issues going forward, they’re urged to report them immediately.

Florida lawmakers want to expand the use of digital voting and tallying machines. Many of the state’s election managers are behind the plan. But critics don’t want to leave the paper ballot behind.

Florida's elections commission is waiving a hefty $110,000 fine that had been placed on the Republican Party of Florida.

Northeast Florida residents are getting confused by a flier that’s showing up in their mailboxes. 

The mailer from a national, Democratic-leaning group encourages people to register to vote. But county election supervisors say recipients aren’t always eligible voters. 

Florida will now be joining several other states in online voter registration, after Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law Friday.

The Legislature agreed to mandate online voter registration by 2017, but don’t log-on yet. Governor Rick Scott’s top elections chief is strongly opposed.  

UPDATE AT MIDNIGHT 4/22
James Grant has once again won an election to represent House District 64.

According to unofficial results from Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer, with all precincts reporting, along with Early Voting and Vote By Mail, Grant (R) had 3,933 votes or 90.5% of the vote, while write-in candidates, mainly Daniel Matthews, had 411 votes or 9.5%.

The election had turnout of just over 5.6%.

Florida Concerned About Aging Election Equipment

Nov 19, 2014
www.usatoday.com

Decade-old voting equipment is quickly aging in nearly half the state's counties, and there has been a struggle at the local level to secure money to cover the replacement costs.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner said he will meet next month with local supervisors of election in Orlando to determine which counties are most in need of new equipment before the 2016 elections.

"It's kind of one of those things that you don't think about until something happens," Detzner said this week. "We know we need to do something."

Students Weigh In on Midterm Elections

Oct 7, 2014
Yoselis Ramos / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida conducted a straw poll on its Tampa campus to measure students' political opinions ahead of the November 4th midterm election.

92 percent of the 1,096 votes came from students and if the midterm elections were held now, 49 percent of the votes would go towards gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. 

A majority of students preferred George Sheldon for Attorney General. 

A primary election for a house district covering parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties has been delayed.

The race between incumbent Republican James Grant and Republican challenger Miriam Steinberg is delayed because a circuit judge ruled that a write-in candidate, Donald John Matthews - who has no party affiliation - wasn't eligible to run in this race.

A write-in candidate would mean a closed primary election. But because of Matthews' ineligibility, the election is then open to all voters in the district, regardless of party affiliation.