This week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill creating a law enforcement unit to safeguard election integrity and boost penalties for certain voting infractions.
“I don’t believe there’s a place in the country where you can have greater confidence that your voice is heard than in the State of Florida,” DeSantis said as he signed the bill.
Under Florida Senate Bill 524, the Office of Election Crimes and Security was established within the State Department in Tallahassee. The office is empowered to assess allegations of voter fraud and begin preliminary investigations into them.
The governor of Florida has the authority to appoint officials to investigate alleged infractions of state election law before this legislation. It’s now necessary for the governor to select a team of special officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to handle election-law infractions, according to the AP.
In addition, the law increased penalties for certain election law infractions, mandated more regular maintenance of the state’s voter list, and labeled ballot harvesting as a third-degree felony.
“We need a special unit in law enforcement because some cops may not care as much about election stuff,” DeSantis said.
“I think some of them may not be as concerned about the election stuff. I believe that some of those responses have been mixed, and we just want to make sure that whatever laws are on the books are followed through.”
The new state law, which went into effect January 1, is part of a broader effort by Republicans in the Sunshine State to strengthen election security following allegations that the 2020 presidential election was tainted with voter fraud. It also follows Judge Mark Walker’s decision to invalidate a Florida measure that would have limited drop-box voting times.
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