20 People Who Break Election Laws Arrested, DeSantis Says

Governor Ron DeSantis stood before deputies and in a room on Thursday where his staff handed out signs that read “my vote counts,” announcing that 20 people have been arrested and charged with voter fraud. “I think, unfortunately, there will be more prosecutions for the illegal criminals,” DeSantis said. “This is something we’re going to act on very quickly. We got the money July 1. We’ve already hired people, are already going to work, and I think it shows that this is something that we as a state take very seriously,” DeSantis said. Those arrested could face five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 “We’ve had a problem with non-voters voting in elections in this state, and nothing has been done about it so far,” said Pete Antonacci, director for the Florisida Office of Election Crimes and Security. worth noting that it is typically the responsibility of the office of the Secretary of State to work with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate fraud.The announcement of the arrests comes after weeks of reporting by WESH 2 investigating alleged illegal voting by convicted sex offenders, most of whom tell us they thought their voting rights had been restored under Amendment 4. That 2018 measure locks out murderers and z sex offenders. Most of the arrests were in South Florida, but four people have been arrested and charged in Orange County.

Governor Ron DeSantis stood before delegates and in a room on Thursday where his staff handed out signs that read “my vote counts,” announcing that 20 people have been arrested and charged with voter fraud.

“I think unfortunately there will be more prosecutions for the illegal criminals,” DeSantis said

He said they are all convicted murderers or sex offenders who have registered to vote or voted, even though they are ineligible.

DeSantis called this proof that his new electoral crime and security office was needed.

“Here we act very quickly. We got the money July 1. We’ve already hired people, are already getting to work, and I think it shows that this is something that we as a state take very seriously,” DeSantis said.

Those arrested could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

“We’ve had a problem with non-voters voting in elections in this state, and nothing has been done about it so far,” said Pete Antonacci, director of the Florida Office of Election Crimes and Security.

It is worth noting that it is usually the responsibility of the office of the Secretary of State to work with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate fraud.

The announcement of the arrests comes after weeks of reporting by WESH 2 Investigations into alleged illegal voting by convicted sex offenders, most of whom tell us they believed their voting rights had been restored under Amendment 4. That 2018 measure excludes murderers and sex offenders.

Most of the arrests took place in South Florida, but four people have been arrested and charged in Orange County.

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