DeSantis Redistributes Election Security Funding

June 18, 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that the Florida Department of State (DOS) and Florida’s 67 county supervisors of elections will engage in a cooperative cybersecurity initiative ahead of the 2020 election.

DeSantis is also supporting the redistribution of $2.3 million in unexpended funds to supervisors of eections to support their continued efforts to enhance election security. This is in addition to the $2.8 million appropriated by the Florida Legislature for the upcoming fiscal year.

The announcement follow DeSantis’ May 22nd directive to initiate a review of elections systems security and cybersecurity throughout the state in order to ensure Florida’s elections infrastructure at the state and local level is protected.

“I am pleased to announce that the Secretary of State and all 67 supervisors of elections will engage in a cooperative, joint cybersecurity initiative ahead of the 2020 elections that will identify and address any vulnerabilities in our elections infrastructure,” said DeSantis. “Additionally, the Department of State will redistribute $2.3 million in funding to supervisors of elections so they can continue to make any necessary election security upgrades, in addition to the $2.8 million already appropriated for the fiscal year. In total, the state is giving $5.1 million for elections cybersecurity as we head into 2020.”

DOS and the supervisors of eElections will conduct a thorough elections-specific assessment and evaluate weaknesses in Florida’s elections systems as well as identify the potential for human vulnerabilities. Any weaknesses or vulnerabilities that are identified at the state or county level will be addressed or mitigated prior to the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary in March 2020.

DOS will establish regular monitoring of supervisors of elections’ networks in order to look for potential vulnerabilities on an on-going basis. DOS Cyber Navigators will provide cybersecurity trainings for DOS, supervisors of elections and staff as well as work with the DOS Information Technology team to provide IT support to small counties with limited resources.


2 Responses to “DeSantis Redistributes Election Security Funding”

  1. joy bryant on June 19th, 2019 6:42 am

    Cyber security (whether you understand it or not) is SO important due to proven Russian interference with out elections ONLY 2 deceased names in ALL of America was found on the rolls AND – the non citizens extremely rare as they don’t want to get deported AND Floridians VOTED for felons (once they served their time ) could vote.
    Russia actually broke into 2 of our districts and Florida will not release the name of the counties. So I am hoping and happy that money AND training of election officials will put an end to Florida looking stupid after voting.

  2. Lars on June 18th, 2019 7:34 am

    Cyber security is all well and good but as long as non-citizens, dead people and felons are allowed to vote, the system is corrupted from within.
    Count ALL the valid ballots (yeah, I’m talking to you Palm Beach and Broward Counties). No driver’s licence, no state ID, no VOTE.

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