He tells me that many states have their voter registration rolls online along with contributions made by donors to different candidates. He regularly surfs this data for various reasons including to identify big dollar contributors. He suspects the Russians, or whoever, were doing pretty much the same.
Consider this from The Wall Street Journal under the scare headline Russia Targeted 21 States for Election Hacking, Official Says.
Officials said that most of the cyber-activities consisted of scans for known vulnerabilities in election systems unrelated to vote-tallying—activity “analogous to somebody walking down the street and looking to see if you are home,” said Samuel Liles, acting director of the Cyber Division in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at DHS.And this:
Much of the data targeted was voter-registration information.Again, according to my acquaintance, voter registration information is readily available for those who want to look.
The Russians, if it was the Russians, may have gone beyond this but there is a strong hint that this alleged "hack" is being distorted and blown way out of proportion like the rest of the Russian election-related hacking narrative,