Gov. Ron DeSantis set up the Office of Election Crimes and Security in Florida to make sure elections are fair and honest.
DeSantis delivered the news from a courtroom in the Broward County Courthouse. Most of those who were arrested are from Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami Dade Counties, although a couple are from around the state.
I suspect we will be seeing many more arrests after the 2022 midterm elections. Florida is a deep red state.
“The majority of these people illegally voted in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade although there are others in other parts of the state.”
“These folks voted illegally… They are disqualified from voting because they have been convicted of either murder or sexual assault!”
WATCH: Ron DeSantis announces his Office of Election Crimes and Security is charging and arresting individuals across the state for voter fraud
"These folks voted illegally… They are disqualified from voting because they have been convicted of either murder or sexual assault!" pic.twitter.com/JhQY2SlOzN
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) August 18, 2022
The Miami Herald reported:
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the arrests of 20 people across Florida on charges of voting illegally because they had been convicted of murder or sexual assault charges.
Under Florida law, people convicted of those crimes are not entitled to have their civil rights restored and are not eligible to vote.
DeSantis, in making the announcement Thursday afternoon in a courtroom at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, said there would be other arrests for people who cast ballots but were not eligible to vote in Florida for other reasons.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Acting Commissioner Mark Glass said that officers from FDLE made arrests Thursday in the Tampa, Orlando and Miami areas.
Nikki Fried said:
“Ron DeSantis went to Broward County today for one reason and one reason only — to intimidate voters and suppress turnout in the most Democratic counties in Florida. My message is this, if you’re eligible and registered, vote. It’s your right!
Everybody wants elections to be secure, but Ron DeSantis — who has never refuted Donald Trump’s Big Lie— is the last person we can trust with “election police.”
As governor, I will disband this force and return jurisdiction back to local authorities. That’s who needs to handle fraud, not Ron.”
Fried is getting desperate. All of the 20 arrested cast votes illegally and were not registered to vote. She is getting her butt kicked by DeSantis in the polls.