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It took 2 months for Florida to ask feds for $19.2 million. Request granted in 1 day.

I hacked an election. So can the Russians.

It’s time America’s leaders got serious about voting security.
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It’s time America’s leaders got serious about voting security.

It took Gov. Rick Scott’s administration two months to formally apply for $19.2 million in election security money. It took the feds one day to approve the request.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission on Monday released a letter it sent to Sen. Marco Rubio that said the EAC “has reviewed Florida’s disbursement request and approved the request in one working day. We expect funds will be in Florida’s account this week.”

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The money will be divided among the state and all 67 counties to improve security procedures to help detect threats to voting systems, such as the attempted phishing emails in at least five counties in 2016 that a federal agency said was the work of Russian hackers.



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