Florida elections secure despite US hacks, officials say

No indication voting in any state was harmed

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A Leon County Supervisor of Elections poll worker watches the election process at the Leon County Courthouse on November 8, 2016 in Tallahassee. Americans across the nation are picking their choice for the next president of the United States.

DAVENPORT, Fla. - A Florida elections official says the state's voters should have full confidence in the security and accuracy of their ballot systems, despite recent hacking attempts nationwide.

The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections began a weeklong conference outside Orlando on Monday. Association president and Clay County elections supervisor Chris Chambless opened the conference by urging confidence in Florida's voting protocols.

The association's meeting follows a report suggesting that hackers stole information from a Florida-based company that provides voter registration software. The report said the information was used to send phishing emails to election officials nationwide.

There has been no indication that voting or ballot counting in any state was harmed.

The company, VR Systems, was scheduled to make a presentation to the elections supervisors later on Monday.

Central Florida election officials in Seminole and Volusia counties told News 6 that their officers received the email but were not affected. 

Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel said his office did receive the phishing email and took measures to make sure they were not impacted.

 

“No, Russians didn’t hack Florida voting,” Ertel said June 6 in an online response.

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