Florida has 160 citizen legislators in Tallahassee. As in most states, serving in the legislature is typically a part-time job with a modest staff. And yet, state lawmakers are responsible for a variety of critical duties — including ensuring schools are well-funded, roads are safe, infrastructure is modernized, and the criminal code is just. These tasks all require considerable amounts of human and financial resources.
Often, this means the important state responsibility of running elections falls off the agenda.
In the wake of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, which included hacking into the election systems of all 50 states, calls for modernizing and securing elections infrastructure are growing. Reforms are definitely needed, but some states simply can’t afford to buy new voting machines or audit every election. In Florida, where election infrastructure was a top target of Russian election hackers in 2016, inexpensive, easy fixes are in high demand.