Last week Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that 20 people will be arrested and prosecuted for voter fraud under Florida’s new Office of Election Crimes and Security in conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) applauds Florida for enforcing election laws and protecting Floridians’ voices at the ballot box.
The Office of Election Crimes and Security was established this past legislative session with Senate Bill 524.The office is housed within the Florida Department of State to investigate alleged violations of election law and refer criminal matters for prosecution.
Florida’s Office of Election Crimes and Security is a model that other state legislatures should enact. Election offenses need to be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted in every state. Voters in Florida and across the country want to know that when they vote, they’re doing so in free, fair, and valid elections. Bad actors should be held accountable for their criminal conduct, which undermines the integrity of the election process and erodes voter confidence.
“The Office of Election Crimes and Security’s ongoing investigations are important for maintaining the transparency and security of Florida’s elections,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA President and CEO. “Florida’s elections are among the most transparent and trusted in the country. This first round of charges shows that Governor DeSantis is taking a stand against election crimes and enforcing the newly enacted election laws found in S.B. 524 and S.B. 90.”