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Secretary Of State Wants To Create A Grant To Fund Rural Elections

Florida secretary of state Laurel Lee speaks at pre-legislative news conference on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla.
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Florida’s Secretary of State Laurel Lee says her department needs more money to help with elections security.

“We are requesting $1.3 million to create a dedicated Department of Cybersecurity Bureau housed at the Department of State. These positions would bolster our current staff capacity. And would include maintaining our five cyber navigators on a permanent basis," said Lee.

Lee is also asking the legislature for $100,000 to create a grant for small counties. It will help rural areas pay for the cost of holding elections.

Elections cybersecurity has been an area of concern for Florida since Governor Ron DeSantis announced that voter data was stolen in a 2016 hack of two Florida counties election systems.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.