DeSantis announces 20 arrests for voter fraud

Governor Ron DeSantis stood before deputies 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. more prosecution for the illegal felons,” DeSantis said. “This is something we’re moving into very quickly. We got the money on 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 Florida Bureau of Electoral Crimes and Security. It is worth noting that it is generally the responsibility of the Secretary of State’s office 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 believed their voting rights had been restored under Amendment 4. That 2018 measure excludes murderers and sex offenders. Most of the arrests were in South Florida, but four people have been arrested and charged in Orange County. The news comes days before a competitive Democratic primary between Congressman Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. said. “If you’re not supposed to vote, it’s illegal and I’ll never encourage anyone to vote illegally, but what we know is that when this election police was created, its purpose is to suppress the vote.” to WESH 2, Charlie Crist said: “Ron DeSantis likes to say we had one of the best running elections in 2020. Then why is he spending millions trying to change the system, including making it harder for people to vote? This is about politics games, intimidating Democratic voters, and his desire to run for president, not to secure elections.”

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

“Unfortunately, I think 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.

The news comes days before a competitive Democratic primary between Congressman Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

“Those 20 people who shouldn’t have voted, that’s exactly what the state attorneys had to take care of,” Fried said. “If you’re not supposed to vote, that’s illegal and I’ll never encourage anyone to vote illegally, but what we know is that when it was created, this election police is its purpose. [is] suppress voices.”

In a statement to WESH 2, Charlie Crist said: “Ron DeSantis likes to say we had one of the best running elections in 2020. So why is he spending millions trying to change the system, including making it harder for people to vote? is about playing politics, intimidating Democratic voters and his desire to run for president, not securing elections.”

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