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January 24, 2022

DeSantis Proposes Election Crimes Agency with ‘Unprecedented Authority’

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a new state agency to investigate election crimes.

The new Office of Election Crime and Security would give DeSantis and future governors unprecedented authority over election-related investigations. It would employ 45 investigators and have a $5.7 million budget to investigate violations of state election law and election “irregularities.”

“To ensure that elections are conducted in accordance with the rule of law, I have proposed an election integrity unit whose sole focus will be the enforcement of Florida’s election laws,” DeSantis said in a recent State of the State address.

“This will facilitate the faithful enforcement of election laws and will provide Floridians with the confidence that their vote will count.”

The office would report to Secretary of State Laurel Lee and would have the power to take control over any investigation conducted by local police or prosecutors.

But Andrew Warren, the top prosecutor in Hillsborough county, said the proposal wasn’t serious and that there was no widespread election fraud in Florida. His office, he said, had received four referrals for election crimes over the two decades.

“This is a solution in search of a problem,” Warren said. “It’s a really expensive one at that. This is a $6m door prize for a QAnon pep rally.

“The implication is that there’s so much election fraud that law enforcement needs help investigating it and that state attorneys need help prosecuting it. I’m willing to bet a pretty penny that there’s not one sheriff or police chief or state attorney in the entire state of Florida who’s having that problem.”


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DeSantis proposes election crimes agency despite little evidence of voter fraud

16 comments on DeSantis Proposes Election Crimes Agency with ‘Unprecedented Authority’

  1. 2004done says:

    Andrew Warren SHOULD be concerned with costs, and the Governor MUST be concerned about more mail-in votes than registered voters ANYTIME, because “hanging chads” of 20 years ago shows vote integrity SHOULD be a priority. 17.3 Million Florida residents over 18 y.o. That’s less than $0.33 each. I wonder how much warren thinks HIS vote integrity should be worth?

  2. John B says:

    Election Fraud does not begin at the Ballet Box, but years before the election begins. It begins with the control of the ballet box, by Gerrymandering. The practice of One party carving out Districts that are favorable to them. The other goes back to the founding of this country by excluding people they don’t think have a right, under the 1st Amendment for Freedom of Expression. This was supposed to have ended at the end of the Civil War, but it got worse. Voter Suppression through Exclusion was Not by Race but by Gender as well.
    People today allowed this Election Rigging because most people saw it and thought that it did not affect them and let it go without rejecting it or the people doing the Rigging before their own eyes.
    It is ridiculous whenever I hear Conservative/Republicans Crying Election Fraud and Democrats Stelling the elections. When you look at Who is responsible for Gerrymandering and the Whole list of Voter Denial laws are ALL Republican and Republican Control States.
    This the Year that WE can “STOP The Steal” by passing the Freedom to Vote Act before Congress today. They have those who are against it because Gerrymandering and Voter denial got them the job. Look closely, they have NO programs to make the Country Better, Stronger, Better Educated, More Healthy or provide any Job program. They Talk a lot about them but when it comes down for action, they give YOUR tax dollars to the wealthy who Don’t need it. They clime that it is too expensive to help the American People. They have a Weird head for Math. Giving the money is suppose to go to the Failed “Trickled Down Economy System.”
    If you invest the Tax dollars in the people, they improve there status with better education, get better jobs, make more money and pay taxes instead of being a strain on the tax system.
    The Build Back Better Act is the largest Jobs Bill makes for investment that increase taxes that repay the cost of the project while making the Country safer, with better highways, better safer transportation, cleaner air, soil and water needed for a better life.
    Gerrymandering and Voter denial are All practices used by anti-Democracy Fascist government.

  3. Joe says:

    Great idea Gov DeSantis! I am always amused…Mr Warren, obviously a Democrat based on comments, ridicules Gov DeSantis idea as if there is no voter fraud….typical claim whenever the Democrats win, they say the result is honest and fair. On the contrary, whenever Democrats loose, they claim there had to be cheating, fraud or collusion somewhere in the process that denied the truthful will of the people in electing said Democrat. ???? In their minds, as long as they win and are in control, there are no problems…

  4. James Baldrighi says:

    This is a solution resolving a problem of election fraud not being investigated when the party in power in a county decides not to investigate it. The attitude of the Hillsborough guy is exactly what fomented the “pep rally” and the widespread recognition that when the county, secretary of state, governor, and state supreme court (all in one party’s hands) decide to ignore sworn affidavits by concerned witnesses, there will be a fail safe. Of course, the unit itself can be corrupted, but hopefully there will be strong legal disincentives for it to ignore complaints and not be transparent in its pursuit of election justice, as it were 😉

  5. Edna L. Moore says:

    No one thought there were issues with elections in Florida several elections ago either, until boxes of ballots were found in a car at the Miami airport. Then it was found that the Broward Co. and Palm Beach Co. Supervisors of Elections needed to be replaced due to their fraudulent dealings and shoddy running of their departments. Unfortunately for the tax-paying citizens, they were allowed to retire with their pensions intact, instead of sending them to jail. This should/would be a department to make election laws are followed, and investigated if need be. I say “Good on you, Governor DeSantis!!! Keep doing the great work you are doing!”

  6. Leanna says:

    So Warren is a Democrat?

    1. Jsmith says:

      Yes, he is.

  7. Huck Finn says:

    I agree with The Governor Desantis. Election fraud happened and has been happening by the Democrats on a large scale in every State. Forensic Experts have proven this as the Lefty’s want to use a “Nothing to see here approach to voting. As yourselves this question, If voter fraud wasn’t happening why were there people working to keep other people from seeing what was going on to the degree of even boarding up windows and keeping Republican poll watchers fron viewing what was happening or people going around stuffing these ballot boxes in the Night Time hours or Suitcases of extra Ballots being brought out from under tables after Republican examiners were told to go home?

    1. Roger Brown says:

      Thanks Governor,
      We do need some entity with POWER to ensure the Xiden STEAL never happens again!!!!

    2. don pressman says:

      A good idea–but I would propose the committee be NON paid volunteers who would put their names on a list in each polling place. The county political committees would then each pick 10 from the list and that would be the committee of examiners for that Polling place. Brings it close to home and the peer pressure to be honest would be a good thing. And no one could be an examiner for more than 2 elections and would require at least a high school diploma and needed to vote in that election.

  8. Sandra Wiatrowski says:

    FIRST: Get RID of the machines!!!!

  9. Dear Govenor,
    Thank you for purring something in place to prevent a repeat of the Xiden STEAL!!!

  10. Dear Govenor,
    Thank you for putting something in place to prevent a repeat of the Xiden STEAL!!!

  11. CharlieSeattle says:

    America can not wait! DeSantis 2024

  12. John Brown says:

    Should not be in the hands of SOS…what about if the Democrats ever get back as Governor.

    But I am really interested in updates on the shipping of illegals to Delaware and also forming your own state militia,,,great idea so you won’t ever have to have approval of Brandon!

  13. Armed and Dangerous says:

    John B. you’re a moron. If you think there’s no fraud, why are you against voter ID? ID is required to buy a firearm, alcohol, get a loan, and many other things. Gerrymandering has been going on for years, by both Republicans and Democrats. Why are you against it only when Republicans are in control? New York allows illegals to vote in local elections. Think they wouldn’t like to see that happen in national elections? You and people like you don’t want to make it easier to vote, no you want to make it easier to cheat.
    Also you might want to get someone to proof read your comments. Your spelling and grammar only make you ignorance even more obvious.

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