Bill Nelson wasn’t making things up when he said Russians hacked Florida election systems

Three people familiar with the intelligence tell NBC News that there is a classified basis for Nelson’s assertion, which he made at a public event after being given information from the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The extent and seriousness of the threat remain unclear, shrouded for reasons of national security. (Read more in…

Voting rights organization sues over lack of bilingual ballots in Florida

The voting rights organization Demos has filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the Voting Rights Act because of Alachua County’s failure to provide ballots and other election materials in Spanish. The suit details the situation of 70-year-old Marta Rivera, who lives in Alachua County after fleeing Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Rivera had lived the entirety of her life in the U.S. territory…

Who’s voting in Florida and where?

Floridaturnout.com, a pet project of media and political consultant Kevin Cate, is back and counting who’s already voting in Florida ahead of the Aug. 28 primary. The website, which Cate’s Tallahassee-based company CATECOMM partnered with PROXEME to create in 2016, pulls daily from county election supervisors the number of voters who have returned ballots. (Read more in Orlando Sentinel)